ULEZ – confusion amongst London’s businesses

Just three days before its introduction last month, many businesses in the capital were unclear about various aspects of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), according to polling released by LCCI. 

Car pipe and smoke

The polling of 571 London business decision makers, weighted to be representative of London businesses by size and broad industry sector, was carried out by independent survey company, ComRes. Amongst the headline findings are that 44 per cent of businesses say that they don’t know about the impact ULEZ proposals will have on their business, and 46 per cent don’t know how much the ULEZ charges will be for noncompliant vehicles.

LCCI Chief Executive David Frost said: “We support efforts to improve London’s air quality.  But at this time of huge uncertainty for businesses, and when many are grappling with other government-imposed changes such as the Making Tax Digital programme, we believe enforcement of the ULEZ should be done pragmatically.  “For as long as the Mayor’s communication campaign has not reached everyone who needs to know, TfL should issue advisory notices to businesses infringing the rules, rather than immediately imposing the heavy penalties the law requires. Otherwise, smaller businesses which can’t afford to upgrade their vehicles immediately risk being priced out of serving central London clients.”

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