2018 is an eventful year for the UK, and in London specifically. With the Earth facing dangerous levels of CO2 emissions, more and more countries seem to realise the looming threat of a limited and vulnerable environment. With infrastructure plans underway to promote a greener London, business owners and homeowners are soon to face a change that will affect generations to come. As a stand against the growing toxicity of the atmosphere due to air pollution, the UK is taking a position against the surprising levels of fumes and carbon emissions in the air. The city’s in good hands as the road to progress, and a greener London has it sights to diminish air pollution by 2050 ultimately.
Taking the helm from Boris Johnson
London’s previous mayor Boris Johnson started out with his proposals to implement the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone(ULEZ) back in 2014. With his bid reaching up until the end of 2020, he aimed to discourage the presence of old vehicles that breathed out higher levels of carbon emissions compared to newer and greener models of public transport. His successor, Sadiq Kahn has contributed to the proposal by working on it more towards the reduction of air pollution.
Continuing the ULEZ
The ULEZ or Ultra-Low Emissions Zone will target London and will spread incrementally from there. Though there won’t be strict toll booths situated around the area, ULEZ signs will be posted to warn driversthat they are entering the zone. Cameras will be displayed to record any violators of the act if they happen to be in possession of vehicles that are against the law’s prescribed cars. If the automobiles spotted do not meet the Euro 4 emissions standards, then the owners will be fined. Motorbikes are not exempt from the rule as they must be fit to Euro 3 standards. In contrast to the T-Charge currently in place, the ULEZ will be active for 24 hours a day for the whole year.
Industries adapting to survive
Khan expects to move forward with his implementation past its intended date of 2020 to a closer date of mid-2019. In about less than a year, vehicle owners who use old vehicles that do not comply with ULEZ law would have to pay the corresponding fees. Before its strict implementation, current vehicle owners are given a leeway grace period of three years while the ULEZ is introduced. Thankfully enough, there will be enough time for car owners in the capital area to adjust by selling their vehicles by the time ULEZ laws will come into full effect by April 2022.
London’s transportation service could come to a significant shift. The precedence rise of eco-friendly cabs seems to be a response to the nearing implementation of the zone. Not only will greener services be the considerable norm shortly, but it also functions as an alternative job opportunity to cab drivers and operators to switch to the greener choice. The ULEZ is expected to expand farther from the capital by 2021.