Technology provider Siemens has been awarded a contract to deliver traffic management software for Londonâ€™s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) â€“ which comes into force from next year (2019).
The work will be carried out over the next 12 months to enable the software to be deployed for service preparation on a 24-hour basis, Siemens has said.
London currently operates a city-wide Low Emission Zone which affects heavy vehicles, requiring a minimum Euro IV particulate matter (PM) standard, or drivers face a daily charge of Â£200. This is alongside a minimum Euro 3 standard for vans and minibuses to avoid a daily charge of Â£100.
This will be replaced in central London by the ULEZ, which will toughen emissions standards for vehicles operating in the zone. Plans are also being considered to wider this to a larger area within inner London.
Siemens already provides the technology for the enforcement of the Congestion Charging System in London, through a separate contract with Transport for London (TfL) which it has operated for the last decade.
The system uses â€˜multi-lane free-flow tolling technologyâ€™ to deliver the scheme, which has processed over 2 billion vehicles since its introduction, Siemens claims.
Commenting on the introduction of the ULEZ, Paul Cowperthwaite, TfLâ€™s General Manager for Road User Charging said: â€œBy April 2019 all vehicles, barring some exemptions, will need to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge when travelling in central London.
â€œWe are working to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place by 2019 and assigning projects to contractors such as Siemens will ensure we meet this deadline. Londonâ€™s air quality isnâ€™t a part time issue so once the ULEZ goes live it will be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.â€
Siemens ITS, Sales and Marketing Director, Matthew Vincent said: â€œAs cities continue with their aspirations to improve the air quality, increasingly they need to revert to the implementation of a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or Low Emission Zones (LEZ).
â€œSiemens is proud that its technology has been chosen in London and we look forward to working with other cities and regions in developing their own implementation of scalable LEZ/CAZ solutions that support their local needs.â€
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