London ULEZ

Fewer older vehicles in London since ULEZ implemented

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Fewer older, more polluting vehicles are entering central London since the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), new figures from Transport for London (TfL) show.

The data shows that there were about 12,500 fewer non-compliant vehicles entering the area on an average day in July 2019 compared to March before ULEZ was implemented.

TfL also found that 75% of vehicles which enter the area now meet the emissions standards.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was "highly encouraging to see that so many motorists and businesses are helping reduce pollution by driving cleaner vehicles into the zone."

Call for London road charging schemes to be modernised

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London's current road user charging should be replaced with a more sophisticated app-based system where costs are based on individual vehicle emissions, local congestion levels, pollution and availability of public transport, a think tank has found.

The report, called Green Light: Next Generation of Road User Charging for a Healthier, More Liveable London, found that while current schemes like the congestion charge and the Ulez were much-needed, they were creating a confusing system for drivers and would be made worse as new charges like those proposed for the Silvertown and Blackwall tunnels are added.

The report authors, Centre for London, said a new digital scheme could be run by Transport for London which would give drivers the costs and impacts of using their vehicle versus alternative modes of transport.

Rather than each driver being charged a flat daily rate, costs would be based on the impact of individual journeys in terms of journey length, road surface damage, economic costs and environmental damage.

The Centre for London said the new system would reduce congestion and cut air pollution, while allowing investment in road maintenance.

Silviya Barrett, research manager at Centre for London said "new technologies are rapidly transforming the way people travel.

"It is time for London's approach to road user charging to keep up with the pace of change," she said.