London Charges Citizens For Driving Older, Polluting Cars

Thanks to a new initiative called the Ultra Low Emissions Zone, London drivers who operate gas-fueled car from before 2006 will now have to pay a substantial fee every time they enter the aforementioned zone (set at just under $32) which comprises of a congestion- and pollution-deterrent charge. The zone encompasses almost all of Central London, a section of the city where cars are least necessary, but is set to expand to include neighboring regions—which will make it the world’s most-populated area with strict vehicle regulations. Once complete, the plan will also enforce regulations for commercial vehicles with steeper fees, as they produce more pollution than personal vehicles—buses and trucks made before 2015 will be hit with a $131 fee. Read more about what some are calling a “soft ban” at CityLab.