London has now launched their ultra-low emissions zone – 

London launched the ULEZ this week, but how will this affect commuters?

On 8th April, London launched their ultra-low emission zone. It will now cost £12.50 a day to enter this zone, depending on the type of vehicle you’re driving.

As reported by the Guardian “It will apply to drivers of diesel cars and vans whose engines are not certified to the latest Euro 6 standard, mandated from 2015, as well as most petrol cars more than 14 years old. Non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries will have to pay £100.”

Motorbike insurer Bikesure, surveyed 1,000 commuters in London to find out how the ULEZ will impact them. Among the questions, respondents were asked how the ULEZ will affect them. The survey revealed that:

  • 31% of commuters won’t be able to afford to drive/ride in the ULEZ anymore
  • 32% of commuters won’t drive/ride in the ULEZ as much as they used to
  • 29% of commuters won’t be affected by the ULEZ
  • 7% of commuters don’t know how it will affect them

The respondents were also asked if they have changed or thought about changing their usual mode of transport in preparation for the ULEZ:

  • 37% of commuters have already changed their usual mode of transport
  • 46% of commuters have thought about changing their usual mode of transport
  • 18% of commuters will not be changing their usual mode of transport

The respondents were also asked how they felt about the ULEZ:

  • 47% of Londoners think it is a good idea and they don’t mind it being brought in
  • 45% of Londoners can understand the reasons, but feel frustrated by it
  • 8% of Londoners think it’s a bad idea

To find out more information regarding the ULEZ, please visit the Guardian here.