Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Motion - "ULEZ expansion to the South Circular"

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Council calls on the Mayor of London to expand on his Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposals to the limits of Greater London. This Council applauds Sadiq Khan’s drive to bring about a crucial reduction in harmful emissions but urges him to be even bolder by extending the ULEZ to cover the whole of London. This would benefit all Royal Borough of Greenwich residents through cleaner air and improved health. 

 

Council recognises the other important measures being taken by the Mayor, including:

 

·        Making sure the entire bus fleet meets Euro VI standards by Sept 2020, primarily through retrofitting catalytic reduction systems to more than 4500 buses but also through introducing Low Emission Bus Zones, through which the lowest polluting buses will travel – several of which will improve the situation in Royal Greenwich.

 

·        Meeting the demand for an 11% increase in public transport journeys by 2022/23 through the creation of additional capacity on the London Underground, buses, Rail and Crossrail, and by better balancing bus capacity to demand.

 

·        Creating an environment for many more cycling and walking trips.

 

·        From January 2018 all new taxis to be Zero Emission capable, supported by 300 rapid charging points by 2020.

 

·        By early 2020s TfL will have replaced DLR trains with higher capacity rolling stock.

 

Council further recognises the improvements outlined in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, including:

 

·        Aims for all Private Hire Vehicles and Taxis to be zero emission capable by 2033.

 

·        All new Private Hire Vehicles to be zero emission capable by 2023, through licensing arrangements.

 

·        All buses to be zero-emission capable by 2037.

 

·        All new buses to be hybrid, electric or hydrogen by 2020, as contracts change.

 

·        Accelerating the transition from diesel to zero emission capable black taxis, with an objective of 9000 zero-emission capable taxis by 2020.

 

Council congratulates the Labour Mayor of London on his proposals.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Mark James having declared an interest left the meeting.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley moved the motion, which he detailed. He added that the proposal to expand the ULEZ in the proposed amendment to the motion had not been costed and ignored that the package proposed in the motion would deliver more significant air quality improvement than the ULEZ as it stood.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Matt Clare, who reserved his right to speak.

 

Councillor Aidan Smith spoke on the motion. He refuted claims made in the 'Clearing The Air' report and challenged its interpretation of the data.

 

Councillor Sizwe James proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He welcomed the Mayor of London's focus on tackling air quality, and noted its relevance to the Borough and to London.  He explained why they thought there were significant advantages to expanding the ULEZ. He commented that the existing infrastructure was already in place with the LEZ and so no significant additional expenditure would be required. They had asked the Mayor of London to undertake a study into the benefits and costs of upgrading the LEZ to ULEZ standards with a view to putting them in place in 2020. He said the measures in the motion were too narrow and omitted ways to influence the wider commercial fleet, and failed to take responsibility for ensuring that everyone had an incentive to change behaviour and contribute to improved air quality.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Aidan Smith.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley did not accept the amendment. He commented that they could not know whether there would be the same effect as with the congestion charge zone because there had not been a proper study on the local impact. He said they could not support the amendment because the proposals were not costed, but he was pleased that Councillor Sizwe James had asked the Mayor of London about costs.

 

Councillor Matt Clare said they were totally behind improving air quality. There would be some modal shift from the ULEZ, and while its expansion was a great idea it was uncosted and would be eye-wateringly expensive. He commented on the effect from the South Circular under an expanded ULEZ on air quality on Eltham, Shooters Hill and possibly Woolwich, Plumstead and Abbey Wood, and suggested it might be comparable to a dividing wall.

 

The amendment was put to the vote and with 27 votes in favour and 7 votes against it was not carried.

 

Councillor Sizwe James closed the debate, and stated that the health benefits to the Borough's residents, and Londoners as a whole, made the expansion of the ULEZ a necessity and it complimented the other initiatives of the Mayor of London.

 

The motion as amended was put to the vote and with 27 votes for and 7 abstentions it was

 

Resolved –

 

Council calls on the Mayor of London to expand on his Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposals to the limits of Greater London. This Council applauds Sadiq Khan’s drive to bring about a crucial reduction in harmful emissions but urges him to be even bolder by extending the ULEZ to cover the whole of London. This would benefit all Royal Borough of Greenwich residents through cleaner air and improved health. 

 

Council recognises the other important measures being taken by the Mayor, including:

 

·        Making sure the entire bus fleet meets Euro VI standards by Sept 2020, primarily through retrofitting catalytic reduction systems to more than 4500 buses but also through introducing Low Emission Bus Zones, through which the lowest polluting buses will travel – several of which will improve the situation in Royal Greenwich.

 

·        Meeting the demand for an 11% increase in public transport journeys by 2022/23 through the creation of additional capacity on the London Underground, buses, Rail and Crossrail, and by better balancing bus capacity to demand.

 

·        Creating an environment for many more cycling and walking trips.

 

·        From January 2018 all new taxis to be Zero Emission capable, supported by 300 rapid charging points by 2020.

 

·        By early 2020s TfL will have replaced DLR trains with higher capacity rolling stock.

 

Council further recognises the improvements outlined in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, including:

 

·        Aims for all Private Hire Vehicles and Taxis to be zero emission capable by 2033.

 

·        All new Private Hire Vehicles to be zero emission capable by 2023, through licensing arrangements.

 

·        All buses to be zero-emission capable by 2037.

 

·        All new buses to be hybrid, electric or hydrogen by 2020, as contracts change.

 

·        Accelerating the transition from diesel to zero emission capable black taxis, with an objective of 9000 zero-emission capable taxis by 2020.

 

Council congratulates the Labour Mayor of London on his proposals.

 

 

 

 

 

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