A consultation has been opened for members of the public to give their opinion on the proposed 2023 expansion of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), which would affect Northwood, Ruislip, Stanmore and Pinner.
The zone, where those driving vehicles that pollute the air more than most will have to pay a fine to do so, would be expanded to the whole of Greater London on August 29, 2023.
Transport for London (TfL) has stated they believe doing so could reduce the number of the most polluting cars on London’s roads by between 20,000 and 40,000 a day.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This is also a matter of social justice – with air pollution hitting the poorest communities the hardest. Nearly half of Londoners don’t own a car, but they are disproportionally feeling the damaging consequences polluting vehicles are causing.
“If no additional action is taken to reduce air pollution beyond the existing policies, around 550,000 Londoners would develop diseases attributable to air pollution over the next 30 years and the cumulative cost to the NHS and the social care system is estimated to be £10.4 billion.”
However, some critics of the plan say it could worsen the ongoing cost of living crisis and is a tax on motorists already hard done by over taxes such as the congestion charge.
The survey closes on July 29. To take part, follow this link.
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