New data has shown most people driving in Outer London will not have to pay the £12.50 charge for ULEZ when the boundaries are changed later this year. This is because over 90 per cent of cars driving in Outer London now meet the ULEZ standards.
The data was shared by Transport for London, with a spokesperson saying it proves the effectiveness of the scheme with people replacing their 'polluting vehicles'.
The ULEZ scheme was introduced to help combat pollution in the capital and is set to expand London-wide in just over five months. The expansion appears to have encouraged people to switch from their older vehicles, to 'newer, greener alternatives'.
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TfL say the scheme is proving to be a success - as currently nine out of 10 vehicles driving in outer London on an average day are ULEZ compliant - and so will not have to pay the £12.50 daily charge when it is implemented from August 29, 2023.
It is believed that when the scheme is implemented in August the proportion of vehicles meeting the standards will be even higher.
In November 2021 TfL estimated that car compliance was at 85 per cent, up from around 75 per cent estimated from earlier analysis of cars seen in June 2020.
Reports have shown that the ULEZ scheme has been hugely successful in reducing pollution in Central and Inner London. It has been shown that harmful nitrogen dioxide levels have been reduced by 46 per cent in central London and 21 per cent in inner London.
It is estimated that the ULEZ expansion will save nearly 27,000 tonnes of CO2 in outer London in its first year, more than double that which the central London ULEZ achieved in its first year of operation.
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