Transport for London launched a consultation on 20 May seeking your views on the Mayor of London’s proposal to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) across Greater London, including all of Bexley.

The London-wide ULEZ would begin on 29 August 2023. Sadiq Khan has also asked TfL to develop a longer-term smart road user charging system to address air pollution and traffic congestion in London. The consultation asks for views on charging drivers for using roads in the capital in the future.

Bexley's response to the consultation

Bexley has submitted its detailed response to Transport for London’s consultation on the proposed expansion of the capital’s ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone).

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What is road user charging?

This could involve varying charges depending on the length and reason for the journey as well as the route, the time of day it is taken and the type of vehicle used. Such a complex charging system would rely on new technology to enable the tracking of drivers or vehicles and raises many challenges, including putting a system in place and safeguarding privacy.

How the expanded ULEZ would work?

The daily charge for driving a non-compliant car, smaller van, motorbike or similar vehicles in the ULEZ is currently £12.50. Non-compliant vehicles are older diesel or petrol vehicles. The change may affect the owners of more than 100,000 vehicles in outer London - and around 21,000 in Bexley alone. The Mayor is proposing to increase the penalty for driving a non-compliant vehicle in the ULEZ by £20 to £180, or £90 if paid within 14 days.

About the consultation

TfL have produced a short video, consultation brochure and an Integrated Impact Assessment about the proposal.

Find out more

Why the Council opposes the proposal

  • Bexley has a high level of car ownership due to the lack of modern public transport links serving the borough.
  • Bexley is one of only two London boroughs with no Underground stations, no access to the DLR, no trams and no rapid bus services.
  • The ULEZ charge is a regressive tax, disadvantaging lower income families who cannot afford to pay the charge or buy ULEZ compliant vehicles.
  • It also puts further pressure on household finances, when energy, food and other prices are rising.
  • Key workers in industries such as health and the care sector who rely on their cars to visit patients will be unfairly penalised.
  • It will also put an extra burden on small businesses.
  • Non-compliant vehicles are likely to be bought by people in areas outside the ULEZ, where they will continue to impact on air quality and climate change.
  • We believe there are more effective ways to address air quality.
  • The ULEZ charge will deter people from outside the capital who wish to drive into London to work, shop to see family, friends or visitor attractions.