The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked Transport For London (TFL) to consult on proposals to extend the ULEZ zone, which he hopes to come into force by 29th August 2023.
The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) would see the catchment area reach the Kent border. This would mean that the ULEZ would then encompass areas such as Orpington, Bexleyheath and Biggin Hill, with the zone sitting just outside of towns like Dartford and Sevenoaks.
Any vehicle that does not mean the ULEZ low emission standards would be faced with a daily charge of £12.50 to enter the ULEZ zone. This rule would also apply to residents living within the ULEZ.
The original ULEZ zone was established for central London but in 2021, the zone was expanded to cover a much greater area, covering much more of Inner London within the North and South Circular roads. Now they are looking to encompass the whole of London to increase the income for TFL.
Those who live within the new ULEZ zone or just on the fringes are frustrated at what they see as just another ‘money making’ scheme. Those who own a classic car or motorbike think it is unfair that they will have to pay an additional daily tax, just to be able to take it on the roads. With ULEZ being in force for the whole week, they will not even be able ot take it out for a Sunday drive without having to pay the charge.