The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has arrived in Lewisham. And drivers who don’t comply could face big fines.
The expansion of the zone from central London to the inner boundary of the North and South Circular Roads is a key part of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to cut toxic air pollution in the capital.
ULEZ means that from Monday October 25 motorists with older non-compliant cars (check your car here ) as well as motorcycles, vans and minibuses (up to 3.5 tonnes) will face a £12.50 daily fee if they drive in the zone.
Older lorries, buses and coaches have to pay the Low Emission Zone charge of £100 or more a day.
The zone will be in force 24 hours a day seven days a week, except Christmas Day.
A penalty charge of £80 or £160 if the penalty is not paid within 14 days will be imposed on drivers who do not comply
The London Mayor introduced ULEZ to cut air pollution which he says is “a matter of life and death”.
Air pollution increases people’s risk of heart and lung disease and asthma. And it is especially damaging to young children.
Transport for London says there are at least 360 primary schools in London in areas with illegal pollution levels.
TfL says road traffic is the biggest source of the emissions damaging health in London.
Whether a vehicle complies with ULEZ depends on the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) it emits.
Very roughly diesel cars made before September 2015 and petrol vehicles made before 2006 will have to pay the daily charge.