From October 2021, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone will expand out to the North Circular. Unfortunately, this will divide neighbourhoods. While those with older cars can avoid central London, as they have to now, this change will mean that people will incur the ULEZ charge by going to the supermarket, taking the children to school, going to places of worship, or going about their daily activities.
Mayor Khan’s anti-car policy hurts those with older vehicles and splits our community down the middle. The charge is currently 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and applies to those who both live and work within the ULEZ.
If the Mayor is going to change Londoners behaviours through expensive taxes, which at £62.50 per week the ULEZ certainly is, there needs to be a viable alternative. Not everybody has the means to upgrade to a newer vehicle, and policy must be mindful of this.