London's mayor was due last night to announce an 'ultra low emissions zone' for the Capital that industry observers predict may cut car ownership locally.
Under the current proposals, which are still subject to a full consultation, drivers of older diesel and petrol vehicles would be subject to a ULEZ charge on top of the congestion charge to travel in central London.
Petrol and diesel vehicles would need to meet the Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standards respectively to be exempt from the proposed ULEZ charge.
“These plans may encourage many people living in or around London to abandon vehicle ownership, use more public transport and rely on their local rental outlet or car club for their motoring needs," said Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.
The BVRLA has welcomed the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposals.
Keaney said: “London has to clean up its act, and the Mayor’s proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020 will make a massive contribution.”
Keaney added: “Diesel vehicles are popular because they have provided millions of consumers and businesses with fuel-efficient motoring. Unfortunately, diesel particulate filters are not as effective in congested, slow-moving urban traffic, but the new Euro 6 diesel engine standard will address this issue.”
“The Mayor’s proposed 2020 implementation date makes sense as it gives businesses and individuals time to prepare, and doesn’t punish them for vehicle choices they have recently made.”