ULEZ is expanding, but at what cost? Join this NLA Debate to discuss the impact of the much-debated expansion of the ULEZ in London.
The Mayor and Transport for London have confirmed the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in August 2023 to ‘clear London’s air and improve public health’ across all London boroughs. From the 29th August, a resident or a vehicle driving through these added low emission zones could face a daily fee of £12.50.
Road transport remains the single biggest contributor to nitrogen dioxide and contributes to asthma, lung disease and, in some cases, premature death. After the ULEZ was first introduced in 2019, the number of high polluting vehicles fell from 35,578 in March to 26,195 in April.
However, the announcement of the expansion has sparked controversy as the impact of these new charges could have a negative effect on residents, low income and small businesses who cannot afford to comply.
The importance of healthy streets and air quality is a priority for Londoners, but at what cost?
NLA Debates use a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: aye or nay? We pose a motion to a set of speakers with contradicting views on a burning issue. Speakers then present a case for either, with the audience ultimately voting to reject or approve the motion.
To dispute the much-debated expansion of the ULEZ, we will hear key responses to the following crucial question: Is the ULEZ expansion helpful or harmful?
18:30 Arrivals and refreshments
19:00 Welcome from Chair
Nathan Ashley, Senior Associate, DRD Partnership
Cllr Mete Coban, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, London
Borough of Hackney
Cllr Colin Smith, Leader, London Borough of Bromley
19:40 Audience comments and Q&A