Our response to the Mayor of London's proposals regarding ULEZ

The council has responded to the London Mayor's proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone - ULEZ

The council has responded to the London Mayor's proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

During a visit to Lewisham in east London on Friday 4 March 2022, the Mayor of London announced he wanted to expand the ULEZ to cover all of Greater London the entire GLA area, in other words, to the furthest extremities of Outer London in August 2023.

The Mayor stated that he wishes to extend the reach of the ULEZ purely with the objective of to improve air quality.

The Mayor of London ran a consultation between May and July 2022, and Hillingdon Council encouraged residents, partners, and those who work and travel through the borough to have their say.

The council also submitted its own response to the consultation opposing the extension of the zone on the grounds that a one-size-fits-all approach for the whole of London doesn't work and targeted action would be more meaningful.

Other factors for the council's opposition include:

  • the impact on those unable to pay the charge and least able to replace older, non-compliant cars during the cost of living crisis
  • Hillingdon's lack of public transport services in comparison to central London
  • the impact on local businesses and services, including the recruitment and retention of workforces
  • Poor air quality impacts are not boroughwide
  • it's more about raising money.  
Page last updated: 01 Aug 2022