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Heathrow plans a ULEZ from 2022 for passenger cars, taxis etc coming to car parks or drop-off areas

Heathrow knows it has to attempt to do one thing to minimize its high ranges of air pollution. So it has proposed some modifications, to slightly scale back air pollution from street automobiles (nothing concerning the pollution from the planes). The plan is to introduce expenses for passenger automobiles and all personal hire automobiles, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It might be the world’s first airport ULEZ. Which may start in 2022, and then flip into a VAC (Car Access Cost) on all passenger automobiles, taxis and personal rent automobiles coming to car parks or drop-off areas,  if the runway lastly will get built.  Heathrow says: “We want to reduce congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road and encourage more people to use sustainable ways of getting to and from the airport…”  And “The Heathrow ULEZ will introduce minimum vehicle emissions standards identical to the London Mayor’s ULEZ…” Initial proposals set the charge determine between £10-£15 per car. “Revenue collected from both schemes will help fund initiatives to improve sustainable transport, contribute to community compensation and help keep airport charges affordable as the airport expands.” (sic) [ie. keep flights cheap, so there can be more flights, which will lead to more air pollution].

“All you need to know about Heathrow’s vehicle access plans”

By Heathrow Airport [so it is pretty much greenwash …..]

24th Might 2019

Some extracts under, avoiding the greenwash bits…

Heathrow has announced that it’ll : “introduce new measures to protect local air quality and reduce congestion on roads around the airport.”

Heathrow is  ….”is placing plans in motion to introduce expenses for passenger automobiles and all personal hire automobiles, with the world’s first airport Ultra Low Emission Zone (the Heathrow ULEZ).”


Heathrow hopes, if it will get its new runway [it just assumes it will …] with  “improvements to public transport access to the airport, the Heathrow ULEZ will transition into a vehicle access charge (VAC) on all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles coming to car parks or drop-off areas.”


“Heathrow is introducing the world’s first airport Ultra Low Emission Zone (the Heathrow ULEZ) in 2022. From 2026, it will transition into a car access charge (VAC).

[As well as a huge contribution to air pollution from planes, which Heathrow would like to gloss over] street automobiles are a major supply of local air pollution – “these schemes will tackle this problem. We want to reduce congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road and encourage more people to use sustainable ways of getting to and from the airport, like public transport.”

“Our announcement comes at a time when action is needed to protect local air quality by changing industry and public behaviour. Heathrow will now join London and Birmingham as the third UK zone to impose charges on the most polluting cars.”


“The Heathrow ULEZ will introduce minimal car emissions requirements similar to the London Mayor’s ULEZ for passenger automobiles, bikes and personal rent automobiles.

Automobiles with older, more polluting engines, could have to pay the Heathrow ULEZ. The cost will apply to petrol automobiles that fail to meet “Euro 4” emissions requirements (sometimes these registered up to 2005), and diesel automobiles that fail to meet “Euro 6” standards (sometimes those registered up to September 2015).

The car entry cost will apply to all passenger automobiles, bikes taxis and private rent automobiles.”

“The fees apply to automobiles getting into the car parks or drop-off areas at any of Heathrow’s terminals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Heathrow will use Automated Quantity-Plate Recognition know-how (ANPR) to monitor non-compliant automobiles, comparable to the Congestion Cost or Dart Cost.

Preliminary proposals set the cost figure between £10-£15, according to expenses set by the Mayor in central London.

“Revenue collected from both schemes will help fund initiatives to improve sustainable transport, contribute to community compensation and help keep airport charges affordable as the airport expands.” (sic) [ie. keep flights cheap, so there can be more flights, which will lead to more air pollution].

[Then there’s a bit of waffle about “sustainability”  like  “significant investments made to offset emissions and speed up electric flight, supporting the airport’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2020 (sic) and to operate zero carbon airport infrastructure by 2050.”]


Heathrow is making an attempt to employees scale back car use by “a targeted colleague strategy, which will be launched next week and will focus on reducing the number of colleague car trips though a mixture of incentives, restraints on parking and investment in new public transport links.”

There shall be consultation about a few of this, in the upcoming “Airport Expansion Consultation” that begins on 18th June (ends 13th September).


The complete Heathrow airport webpage on this is at

FAQ: All you need to know about Heathrow’s vehicle access plans

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Heathrow plans its personal Ulez for drivers doing drop-off at up to £15 a day

By JONATHAN PRYNN  (Night Normal)
24th Might 2019

Hundreds of passengers driving to Heathrow Airport can be made to pay a air pollution charge of up to £15

Hundreds of Heathrow passengers will probably be made to pay a “pollution charge” of up to £15 if they drive to the airport to catch flights, it was introduced immediately.

The west London hub revealed it’ll introduce its own version of Sadiq Khan’s ultra low emission zone (Ulez) from 2022 in a bid to clear up the filthy air and scale back heavy congestion round Europe’s busiest airport.

Any driver who parks or drops off a passenger may have to pay the one-off levy if their car fails to meet the identical minimum-emissions standards as apply with Ulez. Sometimes this can affect any diesel automobiles registered earlier than September 2015 and petrol automobiles that pre-date 2005. The Heathrow Ulez may even apply to personal hire automobiles similar to minicabs or Ubers but not black taxis.

The exact degree of the charge has not yet been decided but is predicted to be between £10 and £15. When the third runway is opened, at present scheduled for 2026, the airport plans to prolong the cost to cover all automobiles, together with taxis, regardless of their degree of emissions.

The only exemption might be for employees working at Heathrow, which next week is launching a technique aimed toward encouraging more airport staff to depart their automobiles at residence. Airport bosses stated the measure was aimed toward making certain that growing the capability of Heathrow by means of the development of a third runway “will not come at an unacceptable environmental cost”.

Heathrow chief government John Holland-Kaye stated: “Heathrow expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment — we must deliver for both. The announcement shows that we will take the tough decisions to ensure that the airport grows responsibly.” Funds raised from the fees shall be collected by Heathrow and ploughed into inexperienced transport infrastructure comparable to electric charging factors.

Campaigners towards the third runway say the additional visitors generated by the airport’s near-doubled capability of 130 million passengers a yr could have a disastrous impression on the surroundings.

The roads across the airport, together with the M25, M4, M3 and A4, are a number of the busiest and most-polluted in London, with ranges of dangerous NO2 emissions notably high. The monitoring station at Keats Approach, shut to the airport perimeter, yesterday showed a reading of 47 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre, nicely above the authorized restrict of 40.

Only about 40 per cent of passengers use public transport to get to Heathrow and a current report by shopper body London TravelWatch prompt the proportion may be falling because of the popularity of ride-hailing apps.



TfL making £220,000 a day from London’s new Ulez

By ROSS LYDALL City Hall Editor  (Evening Normal)
Thursday 16 Might 2019

London’s car air pollution levy is bringing in round £220,000 a day for Transport for London, it was revealed as we speak.

A mean of 17,400 drivers of older, more-polluting automobiles paid the cost to drive into central London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) in its first month.

Automobiles, vans and motorbikes with exhaust emissions that breach the principles pay £12.50 a day, whereas HGVs and coaches pay £100 a day.

Slightly below three-quarters of the 120,000 automobiles getting into the Ulez — which launched on April eight and uses the identical boundaries as the Congestion Charge — complied with the emissions rules and didn’t have to pay.

The remaining 26 per cent — equating to 32,100 automobiles a day — breached the emissions standards.

Nevertheless, 11,700 of these have been exempt, either because they have been black taxis (7,900 automobiles) or belonged to residents dwelling inside the zone or disabled drivers. An extra three,000 drivers a day failed to pay the cost but have been despatched a warning letter slightly than a £130 high quality beneath an sudden “softly, softly” introductory strategy.

The 74 per cent car compliance figure is above TfL’s expectations and compares with 61 per cent weekday compliance in March, suggesting hundreds of drivers have already switched to automobiles with lower emissions to escape the cost.

It means there were 9,400 fewer “polluting” automobiles a day getting into the zone, down 26 per cent in contrast with March. General, the entire quantity of daytime visitors within the zone (between 7am and 6pm) was down just one.eight per cent, from 91,035 automobiles to 89,380.

The figures have been calculated after disregarding unusual events such as the Easter holidays and street disruption brought on by the Extinction Revolt eco-protests.

Sadiq Khan stated: “Today’s report shows how bold action reaps rewards. Just one month after launching Ulez we have already seen a significant impact on the types of vehicles driving in the centre of our capital and polluting our air. It’s early days, but it’s great to see Londoners and businesses are doing their bit to make a difference.”

TfL says it’s too early to say what impression the Ulez has had on nitrogen dioxide roadside concentrations, which it was arrange to scale back.

Despite warnings that drivers who failed to pay the Ulez can be penalised from day one, TfL chose only to difficulty warning letters.

This was accomplished for the “first contravention” to encourage drivers to change to auto-pay and “allow for any genuine mistakes”.

If TfL had issued the fines it might have raised no less than a further £240,000 a day, as the £160 fines are discounted to £80 if paid within a fortnight.

Mr Khan has vowed to prolong the Ulez zone to the boundary of the North and South Round roads in October 2021 if he’s re-elected in Might next yr.

His Tory rival Shaun Bailey would retain the central London zone but scrap the extension.