ULEZ expansion falling short of emissions targets

The introduction and expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London has failed to reduce carbon emissions as much as hoped.

According to a new report from Transport for London (TfL), the expansion of ULEZ last October to cover all areas between the North and South Circular roads has not reduced emissions at all.

TfL figures showed that around 124,000 vehicle that had driven within the extended ULEZ zone before October were not compliant with regulations, and by the end of June 2022 it had decreased to less than 67,000 vehicles.

However, the report revealed that since the October extension, the amount of nitrogen dioxide in the extended zone was still 21% lower than target.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’m proud of the progress we have made in making our city’s air cleaner for millions of Londoners. We must now capitalise on this success, which is why I’m consulting on expanding the ULEZ London-wide to extend the benefits of clean air to all Londoners.”