Leonardo DiCaprio shares support for Sadiq Khan’s Ulez expansion to meet WHO nitrogen dioxide target
Sadiq Khan's expansion means hundreds of thousands more drivers face a daily fee of £12.50 for using London’s roads
Leonardo DiCaprio has shared his support for Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion, saying “This is the kind of large-scale, decisive action we need”.
Hundreds of thousands more drivers face a daily fee of £12.50 for using London’s roads after mayor Sadiq Khan announced he will expand a pollution charge zone to boost air quality.
Mr Khan said extending the ultra-low emission zone to cover the whole of the capital from August 29 next year is “one of the toughest decisions I’ve taken”.
The scheme, which operates at all times except Christmas Day, is currently limited to the area within the North and South Circular roads.
Taking to Facebook, DiCaprio said: “London Mayor Sadiq Khan's decision to expand his flagship air quality policy, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will mean 5 million more people breathing cleaner air, and will help to build a better, greener, fairer London for everyone.
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“This is the kind of large-scale, decisive action we need to halve emissions this decade, coupled with the implementation of nature-based solutions.
“The expansion of the ULEZ will reduce the number of Londoners living in areas exceeding interim World Health Organization (WHO) targets for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 13 percent – including children at 145 schools.”
Transport for London (TfL) estimates that on an average day about 160,000 cars and 42,000 vans that use London’s roads would be liable for the £12.50 Ulez fee.
Drivers can check the status of their vehicle by entering its registration number on TfL’s website.
Mr Khan said air pollution is making Londoners “sick from cradle to the grave”, with illnesses such as cancer, lung disease, dementia and asthma.
He described the Ulez as “transformational” and claimed extending it will mean “five million more people will be able to breathe cleaner air and live healthier lives”.
Mr Khan added: “Expanding the Ulez London-wide has not been an easy decision.
“The easy thing for me would have been to kick the can down the road.
“But in the end, public health comes before political expediency.”
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