Plant landlord Mabey told Construction News that it will spend £ 1 million this year to comply with the new Ultra Low Emission Zone regulations in London.

Juliette Stacey, managing director of the Mabey Group, announced that the company will spend an estimated £ 850,000 on new large commercial vehicles (LGVs) for its London depots this year.

This is because heavy vehicles operated within the ULEZ that do not meet the Euro 6 emissions standard are fined up to GBP 100 per day.

Ms. Stacey said that the associated costs, such as driving courses and transportation management, are estimated to cost another £ 150,000, of which at least £ 25,000 return each year.

She added, "With Leeds and Newcastle announcing their plans to launch ULEZ in 2020, we have plans in place and expect more cities to follow.

"Of course, these are costs that we simply have to include in our budgets as we tailor our fleet and management approach to fit the needs.

"Air pollution is a huge concern and, as part of the industry, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure not only a low environmental impact in general, but in particular that the health of the population, especially the most vulnerable, is not compromised through the work that needs to be continued in urban areas. "

This is due to the assertion of the specialized landlord Demenex that the introduction of the ULEZ measures for companies operating within the M25 will result in an "absolute disaster".

Caroline Russell, a member of the Greens' Assembly in London, reported Construction News"Any company in London should invest in cleaner and safer vehicles, including those in the construction industry that own some of the largest and potentially most dangerous vehicles used on our roads.

"It's time for companies to invest and adapt."

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: "London's toxic air is a public health crisis that affects us all, slowing our children's lung development and leading to thousands of premature deaths. Solving this problem requires courageous action from both the public and private sectors.

"The mayor acknowledges that it is difficult for some companies to meet the new ULEZ standards, which is why he has repeatedly called on the government to provide a national scrap fund for diesel vehicles, and has its own £ 23 million fund for Microenterprises and charitable organizations have been created that are phasing out the most polluting vans in London. "