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Sadiq Khan has launched a consultation on plans to expand London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) to cover the entire city - encompassing 3.5million more people - in a bid to tackle the capital's 'toxic air crisis'.
The mayor is proposing to extend the scheme's boundary from the North and South Circular Roads to the whole of Greater London from August 29 next year.
Drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards are charged a daily fee of £12.50 for entering the Ulez.
Analysis by the PA news agency found that more than 3.5 million more people will live within the zone if it is expanded as planned.
The mayor's office estimated that an additional 135,000 vehicles would be affected, meaning it could rake in almost £1.7million extra per day.
It comes after the introduction of the much-hated Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), which close some roads to through-traffic to try to reduce pollution on residential streets.
A raft of LTNs in London were scrapped last year after they were found to increase local congestion and caused 'no material change in air quality'.
In launching its latest consultation, conducted by Transport for London (TfL), Mayor Khan's office warned that the capital is suffering a 'toxic air crisis', with around 4,000 premature deaths in 2019 attributed to filthy air.
Sadiq Khan (pictured) is proposing to extend the Ulez scheme's boundary from the North and South Circular Roads to the whole of Greater London from August 29 next year
Drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards are charged a daily fee of £12.50 for entering the Ulez
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has plotted for the Ultra Low Emission Zone to grow more than four times its current size, stretching from Heathrow airport to Upminster and Enfield to Biggin Hill, from the end of 2023
The boroughs of Barnet, Bromley, Croydon and Havering had the most deaths, demonstrating that poor air quality 'is not just a central London problem', according to Mr Khan's office.
Whether or not a vehicle is liable for the Ulez charge depends on how much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) it emits.
NO2 damages lungs and can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma and lung and heart disease.
For diesel cars to avoid the charge they must generally have been registered after September 2015, while most petrol models registered from 2005 are exempt.
Mr Khan previously ruled out introducing a Clean Air Charge, which would have affected drivers of all but the cleanest vehicles.
He also decided not to go ahead with a proposal to charge drivers of vehicles registered outside London for entering the capital.
Knowing your car's Euro emissions rating is more important than ever, given the increasing number of levies and fines being introduced for older cars, especially diesels.
Most Clean Air, Low Emission and Ultra Low Emission Zones being - or already - implemented impact pre-Euro 4 emissions petrol and pre-Euro 6 emission diesel cars.
It's worth using the ULEZ checker online (or via your car's V5/V5C logbook at the bottom of Page 2 in the section entitled 'Exhaust Emissions') to see which category your models falls into, though it roughly will be designated by when it was first registered, as listed below:
Euro 1 - from 31 December 1992
Euro 2 - from 1 January 1997
Euro 3 - from 1 January 2001
Euro 4 - from 1 January 2006 (common minimum standard for petrol cars)
Euro 5 - from 1 January 2011
Euro 6 - from 1 September 2015 (common minimum standard for diesel cars
Announcing his plans in March, Mr Khan said: 'Exposure to toxic air pollution shouldn’t be a postcode lottery.
'Every Londoner, including those living in outer London, should be able to breathe clean air. That’s why I’ve announced a proposal to expand the ULEZ London-wide in 2023.'
Mr Khan said in an official statement in March: 'The triple challenges of tackling toxic air