Report shows 95% of heavy goods vehicles complying with Low Emission Zone standards

A new report from London’s Mayor has shown that 95% of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches in the city now meet the strict Low Emission Zone standards.

The report shows that since stricter standards for the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) were introduced in March this year, the number of heavy vehicles complying has increased from 87 per cent to 95 per cent – and has almost doubled since the scheme was first announced in February 2017.

The LEZ is part of the Mayor’s plans to tackle air pollution in the capital and aims to encourage the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles to become cleaner. It covers most of Greater London and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The new LEZ standards will help drive down NOx emissions from heavy vehicles by as much as 60%, helping London meet legal limits no later than 2025, an achievement that independent researchers calculated would take 193 years without these schemes.

The scheme complements the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), a zone operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in which most vehicles need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.

On 25th October the ULEZ will be expanding up to, but not including, the North and South Circular Road.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “Toxic air pollution causes long-lasting harm and  contributes to many thousands of premature deaths every year, so it is really encouraging to see businesses shifting to cleaner vehicles and 95 per cent of heavy goods vehicles now meeting the Low Emission Zone standards.

“I’ve implemented the most ambitious plans to tackle air pollution of any major city in the world – showing what we can achieve together if we are bold enough. I am extending the ULEZ in October because we know it will bring significant health benefits to millions of Londoners and help tackle the climate emergency.

“With the UK set to host COP26 in just a few weeks, the Government must match my ambition and help clean up OUR filthy air and reduce carbon emissions from transport across the country. This must include giving cities additional powers and creating a national Clean Air Fund to help people switch to cleaner, greener cars and more sustainable transport options.”

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