Tuesday 4 April 2017
London Chamber says a balance is needed in introducing the ULEZ
Commenting on the news that London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed he will bring forward the introduction of an ultra-low emission zone to 2019 and plans to expand it from central London to the North Circular and South Circular roads in 2021, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Colin Stanbridge said:
"We agree that it is important for government and businesses to work together to improve air quality, but are also concerned about the financial impact on small businesses, not least if the goalposts are shifted.
"The proposed 2021 date for expanding the ULEZ zone to the north and south circulars comes as some relief given our concerns about the proposal and suggestions it too might be introduced as soon as 2019, certainly not giving businesses enough time to prepare.
"We continue to call for an economic assessment of the impact of the proposals on London's small businesses in particular, together with steps to make sure that businesses are supported to adapt to any changes."
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
1. London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.
2. Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, is available for further comment and interview.