I recognise that the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone has been a source of contention amongst constituents, and rightly so. I was therefore pleased to take part in a Westminster Hall Debate held this afternoon, which was secured by my colleague Gareth Johnson.
I was able to focus on one of the primary issues that faces a number of constituents, namely the cost of this policy and the impact it will have on those dependent on their cars. I know this is of particular concern for those with compromised health or who need to support vulnerable family members in accessing medical care. These constituents often own older but extremely well-maintained vehicles that, without access to a scrappage scheme, they are unable to replace.
I highlighted the challenges faced in areas such as Harefield, as well as Park Lane, Dene Road, the Eastbury Road in Northwood, and the A4008 in Hatch End. These roads change from being part of Greater London to the neighbouring county, the border where the ULEZ zone will now end. People who now need to use these roads to attend GPs appointments, shop on the high street or access public transport will now face a £12.50 charge every time they do one of these things.