The High Court has delivered a ruling permitting the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) proposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
The decision came after Mr. Justice Swift dismissed a legal challenge from five Tory councils on Friday morning.
Consequently, the Mayor received the green light to extend the Ulez to outer London from August onwards.
Mayor Khan Welcomes the Lawful Expansion of Ulez
Following the court’s judgment, Mayor Khan expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.
He referred to the ruling as a landmark decision, which allows them to proceed with the plan to improve air quality in outer London, starting on August 29.
The Mayor emphasized that the decision to expand the Ulez was not taken lightly and that he remains committed to addressing any concerns raised by Londoners regarding the initiative.
Khan also underscored the significance of this decision in tackling the ongoing climate crisis.
Scope of Ulez Expansion
Initially implemented in 2019, the Ulez only covered a limited area of central London, specifically the congestion charge zone.
Subsequently, in 2021, it was extended to include several boroughs in inner London, such as Tower Hamlets and Southwark.
As of 2023, the following areas have been encompassed by the Ulez:
– City of London
– City of Westminster
– Tower Hamlets
Now, with the recent court ruling, the Ulez will further expand to encompass Greater London, affecting additional boroughs like Barnet, Upminster, Wimbledon, and Wembley.
Geographical Reach of Ulez Expansion
The Ulez expansion will cover all areas within Greater London.
Starting from August 29, 2023, the initiative will be rolled out to numerous populous areas, including:
– Biggin Hill
– Kingston upon Thames
Checking Your Affected Area
Transport for London (TfL) offers a tool on their website that allows individuals to determine whether the Ulez expansion will impact their locality.
Operating Hours and Charges
The Ulez operates 24/7 throughout the year, except on Christmas Day.
Motorists driving non-compliant vehicles will be subject to a daily charge of £12.50 for every day they drive in London.