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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 7:47 pm 
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Heathrow plans its own Ulez for drivers doing drop-off at up to £15 a day

Thousands of Heathrow passengers will be made to pay a “pollution charge” of up to £15 if they drive to the airport to catch flights, it was announced today.

The west London hub revealed it will introduce its own version of Sadiq Khan’s ultra low emission zone (Ulez) from 2022 in a bid to clean up the filthy air and reduce heavy congestion around Europe’s busiest airport.

Any driver who parks or drops off a passenger will have to pay the one-off levy if their vehicle fails to meet the same minimum-emissions standards as apply with Ulez. Typically this will affect any diesel cars registered before September 2015 and petrol cars that pre-date 2005. The Heathrow Ulez will also apply to private hire cars such as minicabs or Ubers but not black taxis.

The exact level of the charge has not yet been decided but is expected to be between £10 and £15. When the third runway is opened, currently scheduled for 2026, the airport plans to extend the charge to cover all cars, including taxis, regardless of their level of emissions.

The only exemption will be for staff working at Heathrow, which next week is launching a strategy aimed at encouraging more airport employees to leave their cars at home. Airport bosses said the measure was aimed at ensuring that increasing the capacity of Heathrow through the construction of a third runway “will not come at an unacceptable environmental cost”.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment — we must deliver for both. The announcement shows that we will take the tough decisions to ensure that the airport grows responsibly.” Funds raised from the charges will be collected by Heathrow and ploughed into green transport infrastructure such as electric charging points.

Campaigners against the third runway say the extra traffic generated by the airport’s near-doubled capacity of 130 million passengers a year will have a disastrous impact on the environment.

The roads around the airport, including the M25, M4, M3 and A4, are some of the busiest and most-polluted in London, with levels of harmful NO2 emissions particularly high. The monitoring station at Keats Way, close to the airport perimeter, yesterday showed a reading of 47 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre, well above the legal limit of 40.

Only about 40 per cent of passengers use public transport to get to Heathrow and a recent report by consumer body London TravelWatch suggested the proportion may be falling because of the popularity of ride-hailing apps.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 8:21 pm 
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No mention of charging the Plane owners for nearly a million flights in planes that produce a 100 times more emissions than cars do....oh but that's ok because they love the Airlines but hate the car owner, double standards indeed from the GW zealots in charge.


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 12:39 pm 
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this is ALL about profits and paying for the extra runway :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 4:13 pm 
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edders23 wrote:
this is ALL about profits and paying for the extra runway :wink:

Indeed, and no doubt all those extra planes will be running on fairy dust.

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