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Ultra Low Emission Zones

Ultra Low Emission Zones are defined area's which all vehicles within MUST meet strict emission requirements or face a penalty charge.

Where are they?

Various ULEZ are likely to be introduced in the coming months and years, with London being seen as the forerunner, with a proposed introduction date of April 2019- T-charge is already running as of Oct 2017. The London ULE zone will cover a large area, extending to the north and south circular roads- be aware, check your Euro Standard today.

Other cities such as Leeds and Birmingham are already consulting similar schemes with the Scottish government also having drafted plans.

London's ULEZ will replace the existing T-Charge (Toxicity Charge).

Affected Vehicles

The vehicles affected by this recent law will be petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 emission standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standard.

Generally speaking, most petrol cars registered before 2005 and diesel cars registered before the 1st September 2015.

Drivers should be aware of their Vehicles Emission Category.

Black cabs are currently exempt in London from the Ultra Low Emission Zone charges.

What's the cost?(London)

If your vehicle does not meet the proposed standards for entering the various ULE Zones then the fines can range from £12.50 a day for a passenger car to Buses, coaches and HGV's on the other hand will be hit with a potential £100+ charge to enter these zones.

If you fail to pay the charge, penalty notices will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle, with an inflated charge due to the administration incurred for tracking you down… stay informed check your Euro Standard today


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UK air pollution awareness growing

Recent findings by a YouGov survey suggest that the UK general public is more aware of the causes and effects of air pollution than ever before. The survey reached out to over 1600 people across the UK and sought the general public’s views on air pollution. The campaign was linked to the #Helpbritainbreathe awareness initiative and was partnered with the British Lung Foundation, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Client Earth and other partners. The headline results from the YouGov survey suggest that 1 in 5 people are now more aware of the causes and effects of air pollution now that at the beginning of 2017. From the people who were more aware, three quarters attribute this increased awareness to the media, specifically increased information from reading and watching the news. The remaining quarter indicated that their increased awareness was a result of action taken by campaign groups. Due to a difference in general public awareness between the North and the South a billboard campaign aimed at educating drivers was ran from September 2017 till December. This was supported by a separate posted campaign that was ran in 77 train stations across the North. Senior campaigner Andrea Lee from Client earth said: “Air pollution has been one of 2017’s most-talked about topics and so it’s great to see awareness levels among the general public increasing. However, we know that while the regions are suffering just as much as London, it is the capital that generates the main national headlines.”

22 December, 2017

Global Zero Emissions Summit to be held in Britain

During the recent One Planet Summit in Paris Theresa May announced that Britain would be hosting the 2018 Global Zero Emissions Vehicle summit. This event has been designed to bring together industry leaders and pull in sector specialists from all over the globe, in an effort to move development forward of low emissions and fully electric vehicles. This is yet another step to cement the UK as one of the world leaders within this market. Theresa May went on to say: “Tackling climate change and mitigating its effects for the world’s poorest are among the most critical challenges that we face. That is why I am joining other world leaders in Paris today for the One Planet Summit and committing to stand firmly with those on the front line of extreme weather and rising sea levels.” “And by redoubling our efforts to phase out coal, as well as build on our world leading electric car production, we are showing we can cut emissions in a way that supports economic growth.” During the summit, the Prime Minister also pledged funding from the UK in a bid to help tackle climate change in developing countries.

22 December, 2017

Northern Ireland publishes air pollution report

The report published in the first week of December summarises Northern Irelands results from its 21 automatic monitoring stations based across the country and relates these to ongoing long-term trends. Most of the key sites satisfied their air quality pollutants objectives with only 4 sites returning results that could cause concern. These following 4 sites failed on nitrogen dioxide levels that should not have exceeded the annual mean of 40 μgm3: • Belfast Stockman’s Lane – 50 μgm3 • Downpatrick Roadside - 44 μgm3 • Newtownabbey Antrim Road - 41 μgm3 • *Limavaby Dungiven - 44 μgm3 *Limavaby Dungiven only captured 14% of available data for the year so was discounted as an official breach. The report goes on to explain that all sites that failed are classed as high traffic sites that are located next to busy roads. The report then goes on to explain bot PM2.5 and PM10 levels with was below the EU Stage 1 limit across all sites. Ozone results also were also within the EU target values for human health.

15 December, 2017

London plans to expand ULEZ

London has proposed to expand the ULEZ outside the city centre from as early as 2020. London’s current Low Emissions Zone require HGVs to pay a £200 charge if they don’t meet Euro 4 PM standards with the same charges applying for vans/minibuses that don’t meet the Euro 3 PM standards. The proposed changes for 2020 will target all heavy vehicles entering London’s LEZ and see them pay a daily charge of £100 unless they meet the Euro 6 standards for NOx and PW. If the vehicles don’t even meet the Euro 4 PM standards their charges will total £300 per day. The changes have been proposed in an attempt to further lower the NOx levels within the capital. The proposed plans have indicated that there will be potential 20% reduction of NOx by 2020 rising to a potential 30% reduction by 2021. Resisdence living within the proposed are will be given a cool off period to comply. This cool off period would entitle residence to a 100% discount on the ULEZ charges until October 2021 but they would continue to pay the T and congestion charge daily rates.

4 December, 2017

Sloughs Air Quality Action Plan

Slough borough council has unveiled an Air Quality Action Plan to tackle its high NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) levels that breach the annual average EU limits. They have requested feedback for its new draft strategy from the Slough residence. The newly drafted low emissions strategy outlines plans to encourage he use of ultra low emissions vehicles through Slough electric vehicle plan as well as a framework targeting bus and freight vehicle emissions by developing a clean air zone in the city centre. This will be done by setting acceptable emission levels for buses, taxies, lorries and vans within the clean air zone. These new proposed measures will support the councils ongoing low emissions strategy including an overhaul of the boroughs cycling and electric vehicle infrastructure. These ongoing measures are introducing cycle hire facilities as well as an electric pool car for use by council staff.

29 November, 2017

European Air Quality Index Launched

The EEA (European Environment Agency) have launched a brand new air quality tool at the European Commissions Clean Air Forum. This online service allows users the ability to view an interactive map that displays the results of over 2000 air quality monitoring stations across Europe. These stations test the local air quality for: PM2.5 and PM10 – Particulate Matter This is a mixture of solid and liquid particles within the air and is split based on size in micrometres. O3 – Ground level ozone A gas that is formed when nitrogen oxides react with air pollutants (reactive organic substances) in the presence of sunlight. NO2 – Nitrogen Dioxide One of a group of highly reactive gases that is primarily released from burning fossil fuels. SO2 – Sulphur Dioxide The compound of greatest concern that is also released from fossil fuel combustion. Users can search for any city or area within Europe and check an hourly updated report for the past 48 hours. Any gaps in the data are filled using CAMS modelled air quality data and this is clearly displayed as modelled data.

17 November, 2017

council considers clean air zone

Yet another council not named in the governments air quality plan is drawing up a proposal to tackle city centre air pollution. St Albans city and district council have scheduled a cabinet meeting later this month to vote on the proposed measures to tackle city centre air quality, in an attempt to fall into line with the EU limits. The clean air zone will aim to limit or charge certain vehicles types for being used within highly populated areas. These new proposals could be enforced by local civil enforcement officers, giving them the power to fine drivers for offences like, leaving their car idling while parked. This is a direct response to try and improve air quality based on the findings of the national air quality plan published in July.

8 November, 2017

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