The report published by Transport for London (TfL) showed that 93,700 vehicles that failed to meet minimum emissions standards were driven in the capital on an average day in the first month after the expansion on August 29.
Of the vehicles, 36% were exempt seeing more than 60,000 left, the vehicles included those owned by private motorists and businesses paid the £12.50 charge.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan shared that the amount of vehicles meeting emissions standards will rise from 85% to 95% and will “make a huge difference” to London.
The report also revealed that around 48,000 fewer vehicles a day were used in the capital between August 29 and September 30 compared with June, representing a 2% reduction.
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The ULEZ was expanded to cover everywhere within the North and South Circular roads to cover all London boroughs.
Discussing the ULEZ report, Mayor Khan said: “I’ve always said that the decision to expand the ULEZ was very difficult, but a month on from the expansion we can already see that it is working.
“London is now home to the world’s largest clean air zone and this new data shows 95% of vehicles seen driving in London on an average day now comply with our air quality standards – a 10 percentage point increase since I began to consult on the ULEZ expansion in May 2022.
“This will make a huge difference to the lives and health of Londoners.”
TfL’s director of strategy and policy Christina Calderato said: “It’s great to see that 95% of the vehicles driving in the capital comply with the scheme’s transformative air quality standards.
“The Ulez is highly effective in taking the oldest, most polluting vehicles off the roads.”
TfL said it initially sent warning letters to vehicle owners for non-payment but issued 13,480 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) between September 26-30.