The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is to be expanded city-wide, Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.

The expansion, which will come into effect on 29 August 2023, will operate across all London boroughs up to the existing Low Emission Zone boundary.?

The scheme charges £12.50 per day for diesel vans which do not comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard, and petrol vans which do not comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard, to enter, with charges also applied to cars along the same lines.

A new, £110 million scrappage scheme has also been announced, aimed at charities, small businesses, and sole traders among others, which would pay grants for non-compliant vans to be scrapped or, for the first time, retrofitted.

Khan said the ULEZ expansion was designed to tackle the triple threats of air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion.

He said: “The ULEZ so far has been transformational, reducing harmful pollution levels by almost a half in central London. But there is still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the health of young Londoners and leading to thousands of early deaths every year, with the greatest number of deaths in the outer London boroughs. 

“Expanding the ULEZ London-wide will mean five million more people will be able to breathe cleaner air and live healthier lives.”

Reacting to the announcement, Logistics UK deputy policy director Michelle Gardner said: “The quality of the air we breathe affects us all, and logistics operators have already made huge strides in reducing the industry’s emissions while delivering everything which Londoners need every day. 

“The announcement of the date of the ULEZ expansion will enable businesses to speed up the planning of their vehicle upgrade or replacement programmes to ensure compliance. 

“However, with many vehicle manufacturers unable to fulfil new orders due to the worldwide shortage of parts and microchips, and very limited opportunities available for retrofitting existing vehicles, it is vital that the mayor and his team provide some flexibility in the implementation of the new rules and access to the proposed £110 million scrappage scheme for commercial vehicle operators.”