London's new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand to cover the entire area inside the North Circular and South Circular roads from 25 October 2021, with a £12.50 daily toll for non-compliant vehicles.
The ULEZ, which will launch on 8 April 2019 to replace the T-charge, will be in force all day every day in a bid to improve the British capital’s air quality. The daily charge will be applied to diesels that don't meet Euro 6 standards and petrols that don't meet Euro 4 standards.
The area that the expanded ULEZ will cover from 2021 is 18 times larger than the original area, which will be the same as the existing Congestion Charge area. It will stretch as far North as Palmer’s Green, as far East as Barking, as far South as Forest Hill and as far West as Ealing.
By the time the ULEZ is expanded, Euro 4 will be 16 years old, while Euro 6 will be just 7 years old.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders previously revealed that the cars affected by the ULEZ in the larger area total 782,439 diesels and 858,018 petrols - substantially more than the 321,000 diesels and 255,00 petrols that Transport for London (TfL) projected to be affected.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan pitched the idea of a diesel scrappage scheme to help ease the burden on motorists hit by the changes: “We’re doing everything in our power to tackle this issue and are starting to see improvements in air quality with the wide-ranging action we’ve taken already on tackling the most polluting cars and cleaning up our bus and taxi fleet.
"An expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone, in conjunction with the Central London ULEZ, will really help transform the air that millions of Londoners breathe.
“Some motorists will need help switching to greener transport options, which is why City Hall is urging ministers to deliver a diesel scrappage scheme to get the dirtiest cars off our roads and offer drivers a fair deal, especially the many diesel drivers who bought vehicles thinking they were more environmentally friendly after government advice.”
The public consultation that preceded the confirmation of the expanded ULEZ resulted in 56% support of the expansion, with the turnout being the highest recorded by TfL.