Heathrow Airport has unveiled plans to launch an Ultra-Low Emission Zone from 2022 in an attempt to reduce airport-related vehicle emissions.

The UK’s busiest airport said the ULEZ would introduce minimum vehicle standards which are identical to those of the existing London ULEZ – Euro 4 for petrol cars and vans and Euro 6 for diesel cars and LCVs – and would charge passenger and private-hire vehicles between £10 and £15 to access car parks or drop-off areas at any of Heathrow’s terminals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Over time, Heathrow said, the ULEZ would transition into a vehicle access charge on all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles coming to car parks or drop-off areas.

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Revenue generated from both schemes will help to find initiatives to improve sustainable transport, contribute to community compensation and help keep airport charges affordable as the airport expands, the airport added.

Former London Deputy Mayor for Transport and chair of independent Heathrow Transport Area Forum, Val Shawcross, welcomed the measure: “This is a significant step change in Heathrow’s effort to clean up local ground level air pollution by shifting people into the cleanest modes of transport,” she said. “I have never pulled my punches talking to the airport about local air quality and I look forward to continuing to hold Heathrow to account in my new independent role as chair of the Heathrow Area Transport Forum.”