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Poll results: London's Ultra-Low Emissions Zone will not convince people to give up their cars



Last week we asked our readers whether London’s new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will convince people to give up their cars.

The results were close but, in the end, the EngineeringPro community decided “No – the charges are unfair and ineffective”.
Will London's ultra-low emissions charge convince you to give up your car? The EngineeringPro community says no!
56.25% of EngineeringPro readers believe that the charge will not have the desired effect and will in fact have a detrimental impact upon inequality- as it is the drivers of older, more polluting vehicles who will be charged more to enter the zone- precisely the kind of people who cannot afford to upgrade to a new lower-emissions vehicle.

As one reader put it, “The government encouraged us to buy diesel cars and now they are being discouraged. I understand the need for clean lower-polluting vehicles but my car is dealer maintained and has low mileage and lower emissions, but just because it is over four years old I will have to pay to enter London. I feel as though I am being penalised twice because the resale value of my car will also be affected by this. I’d be more than happy to pay based on emissions value, which is measured at the MOT stage. But I am being hit for a car that I pay a lot of money to maintain. It’s punitive and unfair”.

But not all of you agree!
Supporters of London's new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone say it is needed to deal with the city's high levels of air pollution which have an adverse impact upon public health.
(Image via Wikimedia Commons).

43.75% of EngineeringPro readers think that the ULEZ charges are ‘a good incentive and necessary for reducing air pollution in cities’.

Indeed, air pollution is an increasing concern amongst public policy makers. According to campaign group Clean Air in London, air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health risk, killing about seven million people each year. The group has welcomed the ULEZ charges, saying:

“London has been famous for having some of the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the world due to diesel emissions”.

“The ULEZ is another important step on the path to banning diesel vehicles in London as we banned coal and wood burning so successfully in 1956”.

What do you think? Do you agree with the EngineeringPro readers’ views, or has your view not been reflected in the results? Let us know in the comments below.

This week’s EngineeringPro poll will be published later today.

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