London's EV drive
The City of London is considering a pilot scheme allowing only electric cars and hybrids to drive along low-emission roads. The financial centre has numerous nitrogen dioxide pollution hotspots.
The move comes in addition to London’s citywide Ultra Low Emission Zone, slated for rollout in central London in April next year. Under ULEZ, most vehicles will need to meet tighter exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily charge to travel within the area. The zone will be extended to cover a much wider metro region starting October 2021.
Drivers using non-compliant vehicles will pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50.
It is estimated that 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 trucks could be affected by the expanded zone and tighter standards each day.
“Some motorists will need help switching to greener transport options, which is why City Hall are urging ministers to deliver a diesel scrappage scheme to get the dirtiest cars off our roads and offer drivers a fair deal, especially the many diesel drivers who brought vehicles thinking they were more environmentally friendly after Government advice,” says London mayor Sadiq Khan.
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