Sadiq Khan claims the scheme will improve London’s air quality, which he says is responsible for thousands of premature deaths. Motorists may have to pay more to drive in central London as a new ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) takes effect from today. Drivers of diesel cars roughly over four years old and petrol cars about 13 years old must pay £12.50 to enter the centre of the capital. Charges apply at all times and are on top of the already existing congestion charge, which is £11.50 between 7am and 6pm on weekdays. All vehicle types apart from black taxis are liable for the Ulez charge unless they meet certain emissions standards or exemptions. Drivers can check whether their vehicle is liable for a charge by entering its registration on the Transport for London website. The Ulez will be extended to the whole of inner London within the North and South Circular roads from October 2021. London mayor Sadiq Khan said the scheme is being introduced because thousands of Londoners are dying early every year as a result of toxic air, with an increased risk of cancer, asthma, dementia and stroke. Mr Khan commissioned a study by two universities which […]

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