London’s ULEZ – Make your voice heard

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Published on 15 December 2016 by Robert Drane

If you ride in London you've still got a few days left to respond to a consultation on changes to the Ultra Low Emission Zone. The consultation ends on December 18.

You can add your voice here.

If you don't want to read the whole 102 pages of the consultation document, Anna Zee (BMF’s Political and Technical Services Director) has briefly summarised the proposals below:

  1. First, is a proposal to introduce an Emissions Surcharge which would be applied in the current Congestion Zone only and would not be applied to motorcycles. The Surcharge would apply to any three-wheeler which pays the Congestion Charge. The vast majority of us will not be bothered by this but if you ride a three-wheeler you might like to have your say.

  2. The second proposal is to introduce the ULEZ in 2019 instead of 2020 – Congestion Zone only. There is no change to the definition of exempt machines so, generally, if your bike was registered before July 1 2007 you will start paying the charge a year earlier or have to get a newer bike.

  3. The next proposal is to expand the ULEZ to cover the area bounded by the North and South Circular roads. This area would include most of the more deprived areas of London – could these be areas where there are more older bikes and owners who are less likely to be able to afford to replace them? Note: the results of this consultation should be taken into account if the proposal is taken forward, and there would be a further consultation on the details if it is.

  4. The last proposal is to apply ULEZ standards for heavy vehicles to the whole of the existing Low Emission Zone area.

“Introducing the ULEZ will have a benefit for motorcyclists in the zone – we would be breathing cleaner air! Similarly, the last proposal could mean cleaner air if you ride in the current Low Emission Zone,” said Anna.

“In principle, I would prefer to see a relaxation of the exemption criteria for bikes if the ULEZ is brought in early. It is also my opinion that the massive expansion of the ULEZ represented by the third proposal should be accompanied by exemption of all motorcycles from the charge. But you can have your say too, if you respond to the consultation. If you add comments, remember they are more effective if they are put politely.”

Find out more about the consultation and add your comments here.

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