14 June 2018
Ultra-low Emission Zone

Local MP, Iain Duncan Smith calls for debate in Parliament on the ULEZ Expansion Plans and also wishes local football star striker, Harry Kane good luck in the forthcoming World Cup.

Iain Duncan Smith MP for Chingford & Woodford Green, has today called for a debate in Parliament about the proposed expansion of London’s Ultra-low Emission Zone (ULEZ) which will mean a daily charge of £12.50 to travel inside the A406. From Chingford & Woodford Green, that's £12.50 to go to Whipps Cross hospital.  Mr Duncan Smith called for exemptions to be considered for local people travelling back and forth to hospital and in the community, otherwise they will face escalating costs from the charge.

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to undergo considerable expansion in 2021, as part of a major push to improve air quality in the capital city.  London Mayor Sadiq Khan is overseeing plans to extend the proposed ULEZ, due to come into effect from April 2019, by 18 times larger than planned with the boundaries pushed all the way to the North and South Circular ring roads. 

As many as 100,000 cars will be eligible for the £12.50 fee — on top of the Congestion Charge, where applicable — if they enter the zone, with another 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries affected.  Signs and cameras for the expanded zone will cost £90 million to £130 million to install and drivers who fail to pay will be fined £160 in line with the new C-charge penalty.

From 8 April 2019, Motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards, petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards, will all pay a daily charge of £12.50 to drive in central London, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

After calling for the debate, Iain Duncan Smith wished Chingford born Harry Kane, who he called the ‘greatest striker in the world’, the best of luck in the forthcoming World Cup, to which both Andrea Leadsom MP and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow also wished Harry Kane the best of luck, saying he was a great representative of our country.