TfL is beginning to install roadside signage to promote its forthcoming 24-hour Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London. TfL says that ULEZ, which comes into force next April, will significantly reduce emissions to help tackle the 9,000 deaths linked to air quality every year, and has now installed 300 signs to alert drivers.
The signs, which are being installed alongside existing Congestion Charge signs, warn drivers at all entry points to the zone, and on a number of key approach routes, to ensure their vehicle meets the new emission standards that come into effect next year.
“We are committed to tackling the public health crisis that is London’s toxic air,” says Nick Fairholme, director of project and programme delivery, TfL. “It affects all Londoners, causing 9,000 premature deaths every year and reducing the quality of life for thousands more.
“We’re working hard to prepare Londoners for the ULEZ and to encourage them to opt for vehicles that emit fewer pollutants or walk, cycle or use public transport. We know that many people are aware, with more than 1.3 million checks of vehicles’ compliance on our website. These new signs will be a physical reminder that the ULEZ is coming.”
Dr Penny Woods, chief executive, British Lung Foundation, adds: “We welcome the ULEZ as it goes further than ever before to clean up the capital’s filthy air.
“Air pollution is a danger to everyone’s health and people living with a lung condition, the elderly and children are most at risk. It’s vital that we all work together to address this public health crisis.”