To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been put in place in central London today. The new zone spans the same area as the Congestion Charge.
Most vehicles including cars and vans will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or be liable for a daily charge to drive within the ULEZ area.
In response to this, Professor Jonathan Grigg of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said:
Air pollution can have major health implications on the developing child, with early exposure proven to increase the risk of asthma and lung infections, and these can be life threatening.
Approximately 50% of air pollution comes from road transport and 40% comes from diesel, so the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone on 8 April is extremely welcome. Coupled with this move, we need to see employers and schools encouraging and facilitating better use of public transport and active travel options like walking and cycling. London has some active travel networks which, if utilised, not only reduce air pollution but also improve family fitness which has many positive health benefits.