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London plans Ultra Low Emission Zone

26 February 2013

The Mayor of London has announced to create the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London. This should lead to strong benefits in air quality and mass take-up of zero and low emission vehicles. Transport for London (TfL) has been asked to prepare plans to introducing the scheme.

Transport for London will begin work on preparing options for a public consultation on an ultra low emission zone. The Mayor believes that the substantial investment being made in reducing emissions from transport infrastructure means that by 2020 almost all the vehicles running in central London during working hours could be zero or low emission.

By that time all central London buses will be hybrid, zero emission taxis will be plying London’s streets, low emission options for freight will be available and electric cars have the potential to be in far greater use. However the Mayor recognises that more work is required and believes his proposal will act as a challenge for vehicle manufacturers to ensure more affordable and low emission technologies are in place.

Phase five of the capital’s Low Emission Zone is due to be introduced in 2015 and the Mayor has confirmed it will now only apply to Transport for London’s fleet of buses.

Source: Greater London Authority