London-wide ULEZ, independent report
If they’ve no idea what impact the last ULEZ expansion had on air quality, you might be wondering what they’re predicting for the planned expansion to the whole of London.
To hear the Mayor talk, you’d think the ULEZ expansion will be transformative. Back the Mayor’s ULEZ and suddenly we’ll all enjoy clean air – that’s his message. But that’s not the reality.
Engineering firm Jacobs has pored over the details of his expansion plans and produced a 200 page independent report, the “London-wide ULEZ Integrated Impact Assessment
It’s very long, technical, and the Mayor is hoping no one looks at it because its findings are damning.
Among many other downsides, it shows a disproportionate financial impact on people on low incomes. A negative financial impact on older people and disabled people. A negative impact on people who receive care at home. And a negative impact on health for people on low incomes, older people, and disabled people.
The negative health impact might surprise you, Jacobs concluded that because they predict higher stress, anxiety, and isolation for people cut off by being priced off the road. And that will be particularly acute in Sutton and Croydon where we know many people’s alternatives to the car are limited.
But what about air quality? Set against all those downsides, Jacobs concluded there would be only a minor beneficial impact on Nitrogen Dioxide, negligible impact on particulates and negligible impact on achieving WHO air quality targets. Also a negligible impact on carbon emissions.
In the report’s jargon, a “negligible impact” means that’s effectively zero.
On Thursday I will be asking the Mayor, in light of all this, why does he think spending hundreds of millions of pounds on a camera network to track vehicles is the best way to improve air quality?
So if you take those three pieces of evidence together, you see a very different picture from the one the Mayor is trying to paint.
No one knows what effect last year’s ULEZ expansion had on air quality. The proposed ULEZ expansion will have only a small effect on air quality, but a range of negative impacts on older, disabled, and poorer Londoners.
And we have the Mayor shouting from the rooftops that black is white and he’s cleaning up the air, while he already has teams working on making every road in London into a toll road.
This is why I oppose the ULEZ expansion. It’s not about cleaning up the air, it’s about building a camera network to allow him to charge a fee on every vehicle in London, every time it moves. I will keep making that point in City Hall.
You only have until the end of next week to object to the London-wide ULEZ expansion. Please sign our ULEZ petition
, give your view directly to the Mayor in his consultation
. You can also email your consultation response directly to the mayor:firstname.lastname@example.org
which you might find is easier than the online consultation.