Responding to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) which comes into effect today, Silviya Barrett, Research Manager at Centre for London said:
“The ULEZ is an important and much needed environmental measure.
“It is one of the most ambitious schemes of its kind in the world, but it has limitations: it will have limited impact on some forms of pollutants and on reducing overall car usage; some argue small businesses and those on lower incomes will be adversely affected; and, being a flat charge, it may perversely incentivise people to drive more to get value from their payments.
“In the long term, the Mayor should be preparing London to embrace new technology and replace the growing patchwork of road charges with a fairer, simpler and smarter system which makes sure road users pay for the true costs of a journey.”
Notes to Editors
- Centre for London is the capital’s dedicated think tank.
- The Centre is developing practical proposals for the next generation of road user charging. The report, Green Light: next generation road user charging for a healthier, more liveable London, will bepublishedon Monday 29 April.
- If you would like to attend the report launch event, please contact Amy Leppänen.