Is London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) a good idea?


7th September 2023

London is split over the fact that the whole city is now an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

The zone, which aims to improve London’s poor air quality, has just been expanded from central London to all London boroughs. It means that motorists who drive high-polluting vehicles have to pay a daily £12.50 fee to drive anywhere in the city. Around 90% of cars around London already meet ULEZ’s low-emission standards, so they don’t have to pay.

Supporters of the ULEZ scheme say the price is worth paying for cleaner, healthier air. Similar zones in other cities, like Birmingham, have been proven to cut pollution from vehicles. The daily fee is cheaper in London than clean air zones in some other European cities, too – Glasgow charges £60, and Paris charges £115.

Critics, though, argue that it is wrong to expand the scheme during a cost of living crisis, and poorer residents who can’t afford to change their car will be hit hardest. Others say people with higher-polluting cars should have been given more than nine months’ notice to get ready.

What do you think?

Is the ULEZ a good idea?


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stingray1 · 6 months ago

I said yes because it is stopping people from using their diesel cars. But I think it is a bit mean to charge people £15.50 every time they enter it with a diesel car if they can't afford a petrol or electric car instead.

splashy10 · 6 months ago

I think it is because of the climate crisis but you should give people at least half a years notice in advance because poorer people can’t change there cars quickly like the rich people can.

annalls · 5 months ago

Even though some cars are really bad for the enviroment compared to others, but all the cars that now people won't use will just be thrown away, which is even worse. This is because all the gas and steam will be let out from factories to make the car, and for what? Nothing.

xiangxiang · 5 months ago

Because if you need to cross London with a sports car you have to pay a lot to get into London and it's not fair compared to normal cars