Ultra Low Emission Zone
ULEZ is coming! From the 8th April 2019, Central London will be introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to help improve air quality.
To avoid having to pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ, most vehicles, including cars and vans, will need to meet the new exhaust emission standards.
From the 25th October 2021, the ULEZ area will have been expanded to the whole of the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular Roads.
This is a great time to check that your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards.
ULEZ - Where and When
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the year and commencing on the 8th April 2019 which will be in the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ).
The daily charge will be £12.50 for the majority of vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
The daily charge for heavier vehicles, including Lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes) will be £100.
This will be in place as well as the weekday Congestion Charges and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Charge but will be replacing the T-Charge.
ULEZ 2019 - 2021
When will the ULEZ Operate?
A daily charge will run from 00:01am so if you drive with the ULEZ zone across 2 days (before midnight and after midnight) you will be liable to pay for two daily charges only if your vehicle doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards.
Minimum Emission Standards
The ULEZ will be based on the emissions of the vehicle rather than the age of the vehicle.
However, all new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard and all petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 must meet the Euro 4 standard.
If the ULEZ standards are not met then there will be charges in place. The daily charge for your van will be £12.50 unless your vehicle is over 3.5 tonnes, then the daily charge will be £100.
If you fail to make payment, there will be a penalty charge of £160 which will be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.
We highly recommend van owners to use vehicles that do meet the new emission standards rather than pay the daily charge.