Cost of implementing ULEZ zone

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Dear Transport for London,
Please can you provide information showing how many Londoners voted for the ulez extension and how much this is costing to implement and how are Londoners going to be paying for this?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Smith

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0624-2122

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25
June 2021.

 

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Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear Mr Smith

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0624-2122

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25
June 2021.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act  and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked:

 

Please can you provide information showing how many Londoners voted for
the ULEZ extension and how much this is costing to implement and how are
Londoners going to be paying for this?

 

Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk to health. In London, we
have already made great progress in improving air quality over recent
years, introducing bold policies including the Ultra Low Emission Zone
(ULEZ), which helped reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 44 per cent
in central London from February 2017 to January 2020. However, air
pollution is not only a central London problem, which is why expanding the
ULEZ to Inner London has been part of our plans since we first consulted
on it in 2017.

 

Expansion of the ULEZ is also contained in the Government’s 2017 air
quality plan for reducing roadside NO2 emissions which, with other
measures, are projected to bring London into compliance with legal limits
by or before 2025.

 

The legislation for road user charging schemes such as the ULEZ does not
permit a referendum on the issue, unlike what happened in Edinburgh. The
Mayor and TfL undertook three public and stakeholder consultations, from
October 2016, on a series of proposals to improve air quality in London,
including changes to the ULEZ. The consultation on the proposed expansion
of the ULEZ was undertaken from November 2017 to February 2018. Over
37,500 responses were received from the public and businesses, with 56 per
cent supporting or strongly supporting the expansion of the ULEZ boundary
to inner London, and 74 per cent backing its connected proposals for
tougher Londonwide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards for heavy vehicles.
Responses were also received from 142 stakeholder organisations, of which
109 indicated support for ULEZ expansion. Full details of the consultation
and responses are available at
[1]https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environ...

 

The implementation costs for the expanded ULEZ are currently estimated to
be between £120 million and £130 million. This cost includes improved
access to public transport, staffing and the signs, cameras and back
office systems needed to make the scheme operational. The Mayor and TfL
have sought to deliver the infrastructure needed to operate the scheme in
the most cost-effective way possible.

 

The Greater London Authority and TfL has funded, without national support,
the expansion of the ULEZ and mitigation measures, such as scrappage
schemes to help low income and disabled Londoners, charities and small
businesses to scrap older, more polluting vehicles in favour of cleaner
ULEZ-compliant vehicles and greener forms of transport. The Mayor has
asked Government that London be given access to its fair share of funding
from the national Clean Air Fund, which we are currently excluded from.
Other cities, including Bath, Birmingham, Greater Manchester and
Portsmouth have introduced or will introduce Clean Air Zones, including
financial support for affected individuals and businesses, entirely funded
by Government.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Dear Transport for London,
Please tell me how many Londoners voted for an extra tax which is what the ulez is ?
you say 148 stakeholders what is that, 148 mp`s, 148 friends, Businesses ?

you still did not answer how much money you intend to make in operating this scheme?

you did not offer every house hold in the effected area help to rid them of their older car or offer to replace their old one with a new one?

Why did you not look into technical upgrades to older cars to make them more compliant ie new cat converters ect?
That is probably because you will not make any money on this scheme. If it was purely environmental you would be paying the public to clean up their vehicles not tax them especially during a pandemic where thousands have lost everything.

What happens when the wind blows from the east and we get pollution from the e.u coming over how will you stop Londoners suffering as you say?

Yours faithfully,

martin smith

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Martin

 

Thank you for your further email. I have passed it to our Customer Service
so they can respond directly to the points you’ve raised.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

 

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Fetuga Faith, Transport for London

Dear Mr Smith

 

Re: Queries Relating to Ultra Low Emissions Zone Expansion

 

Thank you for contacting us regarding the upcoming Ultra Low Emissions
Zone (ULEZ) expansion. I appreciate you taking the time to contact us on
the matter. I believe a portion of your query has been addressed by the
Freedom of Information team and I will do my best to address your
remaining queries and concerns.

 

It is expected that in the first 12 months following the expansion of the
ULEZ total income for the scheme will be £802.4 million with operating
costs of £243.2 million for a surplus of £559.2 million. It is expected
that the income generated will reduce as the policy has the desired effect
of taking the most harmful and polluting vehicles off the road. The
expansion of the ULEZ is not about making money, but rather about
improving the health and wellbeing of thousands of Londoners. In his first
term the Mayor spent hundreds of millions of pounds on his air quality
programme and any money received from the ULEZ will be reinvested into
improving the transport network – including its roads, cycleways, buses
and tube – and making London’s air cleaner.

 

In response to your comment regarding helping every household replace
non-compliant vehicles, the ULEZ car and motorcycle scrappage scheme was
introduced to help low income and disabled Londoners scrap their older,
more polluting vehicles, with the ultimate aim of cleaning up the
Capital’s air.  The eligibility criteria for funding was set as such to
maximise the benefits brought by the scheme and, while we do give careful
consideration to any mitigation outlined as part of an application, we
also have to consider demand for the scheme and the limited amount of
funding available.  It is therefore important that applications are
treated in a fair and consistent manner. In addition, to exercise
discretion and offer grants based on an individual’s personal
circumstances, would very quickly deplete the funding available. The Mayor
and TfL would prefer for all vehicles operating in the zone to be
compliant with the emissions standards rather than pay the charge.
Currently, around 80 per cent of cars driven in the expanded zone are
already compliant with the ULEZ standards meaning they won’t need to pay.
Additionally, 6 in 10 households in the expanded zone do not own a car.

 

Information about our scrappage scheme can be found by following this link
[1]https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/scrappa....

 

Alternatives to replacing non-compliant vehicles with a new or second-hand
vehicle that meets the required emissions standards, include retrofitting
your vehicle with emissions abatement equipment (this is only suitable for
some heavy vehicles at present) which is in line with your suggestion,
using public transport to make journeys or ultimately paying the charge. 

 

As for the public consultation that took place, please find details of
this consultation by following this link.
[2]https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environ...
and if you still feel that you have unanswered questions please feel free
to contact our consultations team directly at [3][email address]
with any further queries you might have.

 

I trust that you will find this information helpful. Should there be
anything else I can assist you with please do not hesitate to contact me
by replying to this email.

 

Kind regards

 

Faith Fetuga

 

Customer Correspondence Investigations Officer
Licensing, Regulation and Charging

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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