Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in London were introduced in late 2008. The definition of a Low Emission Zone is an area where access by polluting vehicles is restricted or prohibited to travelling within the zone. Covering most of Greater London, LEZs operate 24/7, and were put in place to tackle high emissions from London’s high levels of traffic.
Zero-Emission Zones (ZEZ) were introduced to allow only all-electric powered vehicles, cyclists, walkers and fully electric public transport to travel (e.g. trams, electric buses) within the zone.
There are Low and Zero Emission Zones all around the world, however London, Britain’s capital, is the largest in the world. The reasons for having these zones is to combat pollution and health problems that are as a result of pollution. Health problems linked to pollution can be serious, consisting of asthma, lung disease and lung cancer. It is important to have lower emissions in built-up areas that is prone to transportation of the public, as well as the transportation of goods.
What should we expect from Low/Zero Emission Zones in the future?
The Mayor of London is passionate about reducing the emissions in London. In 2021, we will be welcoming Low Emission Zones, which is set to be 18x larger. It has been suggested that Ultra-Low Emission Zones will be set in place throughout London.
There will be a £12.50 charge for motorbikes and petrol cars and vans that do not meet the Euro 3 standard, and diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 6 standard. A way to avoid these charges with vehicles that don’t fit into the LEZ requirements can have an approved filter fitted to their car, making their vehicle produce less pollution.
Rachel Jefferies, Editor, Freight Media