London congestion charge extension to be more restrictive & costly (Technology & Engineering)
“London’s congestion charge is set to be extended under new plans from Mayor Sadiq Khan, who wants to charge the most heavily polluting cars and vans a daily fee of £12.50 to enter the city centre from 2019. Asthma-sufferer Khan, who was elected less than a year ago, has promised to make London one of the greenest cities in the world, with more electric buses and charging points for cars.
“An Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), in which cars must meet stringent emissions standards to enter or pay a charge, will now be rolled out from April 2019 instead of September 2020 as previously planned by his predecessor. “The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing,” Khan said.
“The mayor will also launch a consultation to expand the zone to the whole of London from 2020 for buses, coaches and lorries and to an area spanning London city airport in the east to Tottenham’s White Hart Lane football stadium in the north, Kew Gardens in the west and Clapham Common in the south for cars from 2021. ULEZ will apply to all petrol vehicles which do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards and all diesel models which do not comply with Euro 6 standards.”