Drivers in London are facing a new dilemma after it was revealed that the city’s most despicable ultra-low emission zone could soon be extended to every street.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared war on motorists, stressing that the capital must set high fees to meet climate targets.
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The proposal comes just three months after the announcement that Transport for London is considering filing for bankruptcy.
According to his plan, the boundaries of the plan could be extended from North and South Circular Roads to the whole of Greater London from 29 August next year.
Drivers who do not meet the minimum emission standards will be charged a daily 12.50 fee to enter the zone.
This is in addition to the £ 15 congestion charge that is paid daily for vehicles passing through the city center.
An analysis by the PA News Agency found that more than 3.5 million people would live if the zone was expanded as planned.
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And the mayor’s office estimates that 135,000 more vehicles will be affected each day.
That means crash transport for London could fetch 68 1,687,500 a day.
It was revealed in February that the operator was considering bankruptcy after being hit hard by the epidemic.
But Khan sees other ways to force drivers to pay.
In January, he said anyone driving through the capital could be charged per mile.
He also considered a proposal to charge drivers of vehicles registered outside London to enter the city, but in the end decided not to plan.
He defended his violent attack on motorists, saying the capital was at the center of a “toxic air crisis”.
About 4,000 premature deaths in 2019 were attributed to polluted air.
The boroughs of Barnett, Bromley, Croydon and Havering had the most deaths, with poor air quality showing “not just a problem in central London,” he said.
Whether a vehicle is subject to emissions toll depends on how much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) it emits.
NO2 damages the lungs and can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease.
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To avoid fees, diesel cars are usually required to be registered after September 2015, when most petrol models registered since 2005 were exempted.
Mr Khan had earlier denied the introduction of a clean air fee which would affect all drivers except clean vehicles.