- The ultra-low emission zone will be expanded to inner London from 2021
- From October 2021 drivers of non-compliant cars will have to pay £12.50 a day to use in the capital - and there's no discount for residents living within the zone
- Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed on Friday that ULEZ will stretch to cover the entirety of inner London between the North and South Circular roads
- ULEZ will be introduced in Central London from next year, replacing T-Charge
Car and van drivers across a huge swathe of London will face daily charges of £12.50 under ultra-low emission zone expansion plans revealed today.
Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that ULEZ - being introduced in Central London next year - will stretch to cover an area surrounded by the North and South Circular roads from October 2021.
It means those driving older vehicles across a major part London – an area 18 times greater than the central zone – will face a £12.50 daily fee if they use their cars.
Transport for London confirmed that residents will not receive a discount on the charge and those living within the zone will have to pay the full fee if they use their car at any time of any day from the 2021 deadline.
That would mean those who live within the zone could be forced to pay £12.50 if they use their car just once in a day to drive their children to school.
The ULEZ charges across London will cover vehicles that fail to meet certain emissions standards and be policed by the capital's network of ANPR cameras.
By 2021, owners of petrol cars that are more than 15 years old and diesel vehicles that are more than six years old will have to pay £12.50 to use them in London.
It is estimated that an additional 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries might be affected by the expanded zone every day, City Hall said.
Under the current ULEZ rules, anyone living within the zone will be able to register to receive a discount of 100 per cent.
This is only available for a time-limited 'sunset period' from 8 April 2019 to 24 October 2021 - the date ULEZ will be expanded to the North and South Circular.
From 25 October 2021, residents will have to pay the full daily ULEZ charge to drive a vehicle in the zone if it does not meet the required standards, TfL confirmed to This is Money.
The mayor also revealed plans to tighten standards for the most polluting heavy vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October 2020.
Confirmation of the expanded ultra-low emission zone comes after research showed the health damage from cars and vans across the UK costs £6billion a year to the NHS and society, with the bill in London £650million.
Officials said expanding the ULEZ and stricter standards for heavy vehicles across London would result in more than 100,000 Londoners no longer living in areas exceeding legal air quality limits in 2021 and all areas in the capital are expected to see reductions in pollution.
'Air pollution is a national health crisis and I refuse to stand back as thousands of Londoners breathe in air so filthy that it shortens our life expectancy, harms our lungs and worsens chronic illness.
'I promised hard-hitting measures to tackle our shameful air pollution and today City Hall is confirming the next stage of our plans to expand the ultra-low emission zone up to the North and South Circular roads.'
Nicholas Lyes, RAC roads policy spokesman, said the expansion, which will cover huge residential areas within the North and South Circular road, gives very little time for residents and small business owners to purchase vehicles that are compliant with the Mayor's emission standards.
'Many now face the daunting challenge of having to spend substantial amounts of money on a newer vehicle or face a daily charge of £12.50 to use their vehicles from October 2021,' he said.
'These time pressures and costs will be keenest felt by those from low income backgrounds, as well as those who work in roles such as hospitality and depend on using a car at night when public transport is not readily available.
'Motorists currently have no quick and easy means of knowing for certain what Euro emissions standard their car, or one they are looking to buy, meets – so it is absolutely vital that a central database is developed as quickly as possible.'
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, added: 'In total, there are around 1.2 million non-compliant cars and vans registered in London and many will be owned by the most deprived households.
'Our analysis suggests that even an ambitious scrappage scheme, as yet an unfunded ask of central government, could leave many of these households out of pocket unless the Mayor puts other initiatives in place to help them.'
Mr Khan has been pushing hard for London to spearhead new measures to reduce vehicle emissions in the capital since being sworn in as mayor in 2016.
This includes the introduction of the T-Charge last year, which will be superseded by ULEZ in 2019.
Confirmation of the expansion follows the UK Governments announcement on Thursday that it will implement a new regulation that will punish car makers caught fitting defeat devices to their cars to cover up their real-world emissions outputs.
The Road Vehicles (Defeat Device, Fuel Consumption and Type Approval) Regulations will be introduced on 1 July 2018 and give the government the powers to fine manufacturers up to £50,000 for every vehicle fitted with emissions cheating equipment.
Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, said: 'There has rightly been a huge public outcry against car manufacturers that have been cheating on emissions standards. Their behaviour has been dishonest and deplorable.
'These tough new regulations are designed to ensure that those who cheat will be held to proper account in this country, legally and financially, for their actions.'