Beat the ULEZ!
The new Ultra Low Emission Zone
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is in effect from 8 April 2019 and covers the entire South Bank. All vehicles that don’t meet the latest Euro emission standards will be subject to a daily charge – for cars, motorbikes and light vans it is £12.50 a day, but for heavier lorries the charge is £100. However you can beat the charge and future proof your fleet by switching to EVs – they will remain exempt from the charge.
For more information about the ULEZ visit the TfL website.
Tranship supplies in the suburbs
Whether you are an office, a hospital or some other organisation, you need regular supplies to run your operations. But with pressure on space and the ULEZ, you may find it possible to tranship supplies outside the central zone, or even further out near the M25, and then bring them in a small number of electric vans into the South Bank.
These transhipment centres are sometimes known as Urban Consolidation Centres (UCCs) and can be dedicated to a single large organisation, shared between several, or operated on a commercial basis.
Although EVs are a great idea, it would be wrong to encourage more people to drive to work. Most South Bank employees already come by bus, tube or train, but there are still more who could cycle. Encourage this through providing cycle-friendly facilities – secure bike racks, showers and maybe even a free breakfast! There are plenty of public bikes on the South Bank too – why not offer employees an annual TfL-Santander cycle membership?