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Three years ago, London was the first city to introduce an “Ultra Low Emissions Zone,” or ULEZ, which charged the most polluting vehicles a fee to enter—something the BBC called one of the most radical anti-pollution policies in the world at the time. The zone expanded last year. Now the government plans to expand it to cover the entire city.
It’s a way to help tackle three challenges simultaneously: the city’s air pollution, the climate crisis, and congestion that means drivers now spend the equivalent of six days sitting in traffic each year. London has seen pollution start to drop in the center, where the first ULEZ sits–but the benefits weren’t reaching other neighborhoods, and climate emissions from transportation weren’t dropping quickly enough to be on track for the city’s goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2030. The city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, wanted to go further to address all three problems.