The ULEZ’s Rumble On
London Ultra – Low Emission Zone Update
It won’t be long and they will
The ULEZ Cameras
Members will be aware of the initiative launched early last year by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, regarding the need for London to comply with European legislation on emission standards. Those standards are planned for implementation within an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for London and are due to come into effect from 2020. Additionally, members will recall that in December last year we reported that following representations by NAWCP, Transport for London (TfL) had decided that the exemptions that applied to the original Low Emission Zone (LEZ) would also apply to the ULEZ – “Historic Vehicles” as defined by the government scheme would be exempt from all the ULEZ charges and penalties! Clearly, this was and remains good news for the wedding car industry in London and sets a precedent for other areas in the UK should similar ultra-low emission zones be contemplated.
The NAWCP is not aware of any change to that policy nor are we anticipating any change. Nonetheless, a recent report in the Air Quality News publication is reproduced for you below to keep you all in touch with recent developments.
Of course, here we are just speaking of London, but as we have reported in the past, the concept of ULEZs is something that many, if not all of UK cities and many towns are contemplating for the future. While we would not wish to argue against the need to protect and secure the quality of the environment for the future we would also not wish to see our wedding transportation traditions fade as a consequence of a lack of representation, forethought and considerate forward planning by local authorities and governing authorities. The NAWCP will, therefore, continue to monitor the situation and offer its views and guidance to local authorities and governing organisations when the circumstances demand, but we can only do that with the help of others in the wedding car industry.
Success by the NAWCP will be built not only on the sound reasoning we put forward in our arguments but also on the strength in numbers of the NAWCP membership. We need more to join the NAWCP and in particular, more to take an interest and take part in its workings. We thank those members that do help for their participation but most importantly, more participation is necessary if we are to sustain the future of the NAWCP. We also urge those not already members to consider how beneficial it is for all if we can put forward consolidated, universal opinions from a membership base that covers the entire UK industry, so if you are not already a member, please do consider joining at the earliest opportunity.
In summary, the NAWCP is the only national organisation representing the professional wedding car industry in the UK and it has proved that it can make a difference, but it can only continue to do so from a position of membership strength and member participation. So, if not already a member, please do consider joining the Association and for new and current members, please do offer your services to help progress our initiatives, because whenever a situation arises that may have an adverse impact on our industry, we need additional people to enable the NAWCP to take all possible appropriate action to counter that impact.
In the meantime, we offer the following for your information regarding the London ULEZ:
The London Assembly on November 4th called on the Mayor to review the exhaust emission standards set to come into force on central London roads from 2020 as part of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).A motion agreed by Assembly Members (AMs) calls on the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to “come clean” about the proposed ULEZ and to ensure that the emissions standards “are truly ultra-low or zero emission by 2020”.
As it stands, diesel vehicles meeting new Euro 6 emissions standards will be exempt from the charges applying to drivers of older car models in the Central London ULEZ.
But, critics argue that the Euro 6 standards do not give the whole picture of emissions, as studies have shown these vehicles can emit more pollutants on the road than during laboratory tests, meaning Euro 6 vehicles should not count as ultra-low emission vehicles.
And, according to the motion, the results of Transport for London’s (TfL) recent testing of Euro 6 vehicles using London drive cycles found a number of Euro 6 passenger cars emit several times more nitrogen oxides (NOx) than some heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
Furthermore, it notes the “failure” of previous European exhaust standards to deliver the anticipated emissions reductions.
Backed by 13 AMs with eight voting against, today’s motion also follows the ongoing scandal engulfing global car giant Volkswagen over its installation of ‘defeat devices’ to manipulate laboratory tests of vehicle emissions.
Therefore, the motion states: “This Assembly believes that the Mayor has a duty to oftlinereview his current policies and proposals in light of the emerging scientific evidence on the performance of Euro 6 vehicles under real-world driving conditions and our increasing knowledge of the adverse effects of air pollution on human health.
“This Assembly therefore calls on the Mayor of London to review the planned exhaust emission standards of his Ultra Low Emission Zone to ensure that all vehicles driving in the centre of the capital in 2020 are truly ultra-low or zero emission.”
Liberal Democrat Stephen Knight AM, who presented the motion, said: “At present the Mayor and TfL know full well that Euro 6 diesels are not actually clean, but are still planning to permit them to enter the ultra-low emission zone for free after 2020 – that is simply wrong.
“The Mayor should admit past mistakes and now say that we are no longer going to put a badge of ‘ultra-low emission’ on a set of vehicles that are in reality nothing of the sort.”
According to TfL, the ULEZ will “significantly reduce” the number of people living in areas of poor air quality (where levels of NO2 exceed legal limits) by 72% in central London and 54% across London.
ULEZ taxi standards
The agreed motion comes a week after the Mayor and TfL finalised the requirements for the taxi and minicab/private hire trades when the ULEZ comes into force from 2020.
Under the From 1 January 2018, all taxis licensed for the first time must be zero emission capable, while new diesel taxis will not be allowed in Central London at all.
And, for private hire vehicles, there are several milestones which will ensure that all vehicles granted a private hire licence for the first time after 1 January 2023 will be zero emission capable, regardless of age:
In advance of the ULEZ requirements, and to clean up the private hire fleet, all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019 must feature a Euro 6 petrol or diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine.
From 1 January 2020 all new private hire vehicles – defined as those under 18 months old – licensed for the first time will have to be zero emission capable.
Older private hire vehicles – those over 18 months old – will need to feature a Euro 6 engine when licensed for the first time between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022. They will also need to be zero emission capable from 2023
- In advance of the ULEZ requirements, and to clean up the private hire fleet, all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019 must feature a Euro 6 petrol or diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine.
- From 1 January 2020 all new private hire vehicles – defined as those under 18 months old – licensed for the first time will have to be zero emission capable.
- Older private hire vehicles – those over 18 months old – will need to feature a Euro 6 engine when licensed for the first time between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022. They will also need to be zero emission capable from 2023
TfL and the Mayor have secured £65 million funding to help taxi drivers achieve a target of 9,000 zero emission capable taxis by 2020.
Meanwhile, up to £5,000 will be available to taxi drivers who want to decommission their vehicle once it reaches 10 years of age, with the exact amount depending on the age of the vehicle. Otherwise, the 15-year age limit for taxis will remain in place.
This won’t affect me! Don’t be so sure. A very significant number of cities and medium to large towns are currently looking to introduce similar emissions strategies in their own area. The NAWCP is working hard to make sure that you, our members, are not adversely affected. We call on all of our members to let us know if their local authority is proposing to limit, emissions either in the whole or part of their region. No one can afford to be complacent the controls of emissions is essential to slow down global warming, this is a fact not fiction. If you are not already a member join us. http://www.nawcp.co.uk/membership/
We thank the Editor of Air Quality News Steve Eminton for permission to use their article