A number of residents have contacted me deeply concerned by Sadiq Khan’s proposals to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). In my mind, the plan is neither proportionate nor justified.
The ULEZ was already expanded last year, and now stands at 18 times its previous size. As I have made clear repeatedly, a further expansion will disproportionately impact residents in outer London boroughs like Bromley, where car ownership is far higher and, lacking the TfL provision of inner London boroughs, it will remain a necessity for the vast majority of residents. I have written to the Mayor setting out my objections, a copy of which is attached below. I hope it makes clear my position.
It is important to stress, these remain proposals, subject to consultation, and nothing has yet been decided. Whatever your views, please make them known by responding to the consultation here:
Poor air quality is a serious problem across London, including in comparatively leafy boroughs like Bromley, but I believe there are fairer and more practical ways to go about mitigating the impact of pollution. That is a case I will continue to make.