Still time to comment on Mayor’s new emission zone consultation
Published: Wednesday 14th February 18
People have only a fortnight left to comment on the Mayor of London’s plans to expand the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to the South Circular.
The consultation is of particular relevance to Wandsworth residents because the Mayor’s proposal to extend the scheme up to the South Circular (A205) would cut the borough in half - meaning that any vehicle entering the zone would either need to meet stringent exhaust emission standards or the driver would have to pay a daily charge.
For cars, small vans and motorcycles the daily charge would be £12.50. For buses, coaches, larger lorries or smaller but older vans, the cost would range from £100 to £300.
The Mayor wants to make the change in 2021 meaning it would affect anyone driving within a zone whose southernmost boundary would be marked by the Upper Richmond Road, Wandsworth High Street, East Hill, Wandsworth Common Northside, Battersea Rise, The Avenue Clapham Common West Side and Clapham Common Southside.
Anyone driving north of these roads would need to comply with the new ULEZ regulations. The northern boundary of the ULEZ would be the North Circular Road.
The Mayor also wants to tighten the rules of the existing London-wide Low Emission Zone from 2020, which affects heavy vehicles – buses, coaches and HGVs and other heavy specialist vehicles.
To take part in the online consultation people are being urged to visit the TfL website. The closing date for comments is February 28.
According to TfL the current estimated cost of implementing the new ULEZ zone could range from £90m to £130m.
The council’s environment and transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “It’s important that people take part in this consultation because if these proposals are implemented they will have quite far reaching consequences for local residents and businesses.
“We are broadly supportive of expanding the ULEZ zone as it is clear that London’s air quality needs to improve which is why we ourselves have done so much to help address this issue locally, with a wide range of local initiatives.
“However we are concerned about how local communities living close to the ULEZ border will be affected and we need to see concrete ideas from the Mayor on how their interests will be protected.
“The new scheme boundary will divide Wandsworth in two and could cause adverse effects on traffic levels, pollution, parking pressures and motoring costs for households and businesses on either side of the new boundary.
“Our residents and businesses need to see clear mitigation plans to stop rat running and also be told how the money raised through the new tariffs will be used to support them adapt their transport habits. We want assurances this money will be used to prevent hardship caused by these new rules, not prop up other mayoral funding priorities.
“We have also asked for detailed traffic modelling to show the effects on different parts of the borough, as well as modelling based on alternative scheme boundaries. This is a major change and we need to know if the South and North Circular are the best places for the new border.”