Sadiq Khan’s expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) means the project now brings in £715,000 a day – more than double the previous amount.
An average of 57,200 drivers pay £12.50 every day to enter the London zone, according to a report.
This is an increase from 24,712 earlier this summer, before the dramatic expansion of Ulez, which came into effect on August 29, extending the zone to the borders of the M25.
It means the Labor mayor’s scheme is now raising an average of £715,000 a day – or £22.1 million in the first month of its expansion.
It previously averaged just over £300,000 a day, or around £9.5 million a month. The figures do not include money from fines for non-compliance.
Sadiq Khan’s expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) means the project now brings in £715,000 a day – more than double the previous amount
An average of 57,200 drivers pay £12.50 every day to enter the London zone, according to a report
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On average, 2,696 fines are issued daily by the legion of cameras Mr Khan has deployed to enforce the system.
With most drivers paying a reduced rate of £90 if paid within 14 days, almost £250,000 more fines are being incurred every day. The £12.50 fee will only be charged to drivers of older, polluting vehicles, who are generally poorer or vulnerable motorists.
The fee generally applies to gasoline vehicles manufactured before 2005 and diesel vehicles manufactured before 2015.
Paul Scully, the minister for London, said: “While the mayor rakes in millions of pounds, it is the people on the outskirts of London who can least afford it who are paying first.”
He added: “Enough is enough.” “The cameras must be turned off.” Mr Khan’s expansion of the zone sparked anger on the outskirts of London and among those in the Home Counties who cross the border for work or leisure .
And despite fearing that poorer, older and vulnerable motorists would be hit hardest, he pressed on.
Transport for London, which Mr Khan chairs, said the proportion of vehicles complying with the emissions zone had risen to 95 per cent from 85 per cent in May 2022. Mr Khan said: “I have always said that the decision to expand the Ulez was a very difficult one, but a month after the expansion we can already see it working.”
“This will make a huge difference to the lives and health of Londoners.” A scheme giving Londoners up to £2,000 for scrapping a non-compliant vehicle remains open, but many say it is not enough.