Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London
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London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be expanded on October 25 with much of central and outer London within the zone. Those with non-compliant cars risk facing a £12.50 daily charge as the zone now goes up to, but doesn’t include, the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
This means areas of London like Shoreditch, Camden, Greenwich and other places which attract fewer tourists will be within the expanded zone.
Drivers could be charged £100 if they drive non-compliant lorries, buses, coaches and other heavier vehicles.
Transport for London has a range of schemes to help drivers in London scrap their older, more polluting vehicles to meet the required emissions standards.
Those with cars and motorcycles can apply for a grant to scrap cars and motorcycles if they live within the 32 London boroughs or the City of London and receive certain means-tested or non-means-tested disability benefits.
The grant for cars and motorcycles may receive a grant of between £1,000 and £2,000.
There was another scheme for vans and minibuses for a grant of between £7,000 and £9,500, but has been suspended due to unprecedented demand and limited funds.
The same applies for heavy vehicles, where the grant was up to £15,000.
But thousands of drivers who asked for help to scrap their car have had their applications delayed or rejected.
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Latest figures show TfL has received 19,594 applications, accepted 8,132 and paid out on only 6,854.
TfL said £13.1million has been allocated so far, whilst a total scrappage fund of £61million was set aside by London mayor Sadiq Khan.
About 138,000 cars, vans and lorries face having to pay the charge each day.
For petrol cars, any registered with the DVLA after 2005 tend to meet the required standards, but should be checked on the TfL’s ULEZ checker.
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