London wants to extend its road tax for polluting vehicles across the city by 2023.
Initially restricted to central London, the Ulez zone (for “ultra low emission zone”, ultra-low emission zone in French) had been extended at the end of October 2021 to a larger perimeter, concerning four million inhabitants. This time, Labor mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that he wants to go even further by extending this zone to the whole capital, and even to the Greater London area by 2023.
In a statement, the Mayor of London said: “The triple challenge of tackling air pollution, the climate emergency and traffic congestion means we need to reduce emissions from our vehicles in London even further”. In this perspective, the wish to extend the zone to Greater London (or Greater London in the language of Shakespeare) where 9 million people live is quite logical. According to him, “we just don’t have time to waste”.
Many taxes to access the city
Currently, drivers of petrol cars manufactured before 2006 (Euro 4 standard) and diesel vehicles manufactured before 2015 (Euro 6 standard) must pay £12.50 (14.80 euros) per day to enter the ULEZ zone. For trucks and coaches, you have to pay 100 pounds (116 euros) per day. Taxis, on the other hand, are exempt.
In addition to this tax for polluting vehicles, an urban toll called “congestion charge” was introduced in 2003. It costs 15 pounds per day (17.70 euros) and applies to all vehicles wishing to circulate in the ultra-center, in order to reduce traffic. What to give ideas to Anne Hidalgo? As a reminder, the team of the mayor of Paris has already communicated on the reduction of transit traffic in the central districts of Paris from 2024.
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