London Ultra-Low Emission Zone – help and advice

Cars

An Ultra Low Emission Zone( ULEZ) is a defined area within which all vehicles will have to meet strict emission requirements or face a daily charge to travel.

London introduced the UK’s first ULEZ to combat air pollution in April and it is hoped that it will discourage drivers from entering the most polluted areas in unsuitable vehicles.

The Mayor of London also has plans to extend the ULEZ boundary in October 2021 to the North and South Circular roads. 

To help drivers that might have to travel within the ULEV we have listed some FAQS below.

At what times / days does the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone apply?

24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will include bank holidays. 

Which vehicles will be affected by the London ULEZ? 

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age,

Cars: Any diesel not conforming to Euro 6 emission standards and any petrol not conforming to Euro 4 emission standards.

Vans: Minimum standards – Petrol: Euro 4; Diesel: Euro 6.

HGVs: All vehicles in this category will need to meet Euro VI standards

Motorcycles and mopeds: All vehicles will need to meet Euro 3 emissions standards.

How much will the ULEZ it cost?

£12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes).

£100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes).

Is my vehicle exempt from the ULEZ charge?

TfL’s full list of discounts, exemptions and sunset periods can be accessed here. Black cabs are exempt. Others eligible for exemptions include residents, vehicles for those with disabilities and historic vehicles.

Do I still have to pay the Congestion Charge?

Yes, the charge is in addition to the C-Charge if your vehicle is not compliant with ULEZ standards.

If I don’t pay the ULEZ charge, will I receive a penalty?

Yes, TfL will use automatic number plate recognition cameras which will detect entry to the zone. Failure to pay will result in a hefty penalty charge notice (PCN) of £160, or £80 if paid within 14 days.

How do I pay the ULEZ?

TfL offers a variety of payment methods which will suit different drivers depending on how frequently they drive into Central London:

TfL website – payment for the ULEZ available from 8th April 2019

Autopay – to be expanded to include ULEZ payments. Already have Auto Pay? Then you don’t need to do anything. There is a £10 admin fee per vehicle

TfL Smartphone App with ULEZ payment available from the 8th April 2019

Pay by phone: UK: 0343 222 2222 (TfL call charges)

ULEZ advice

Before driving into the Central London Congestion Charge and ULEZ zone, ensure you have checked whether your vehicle is subject to the ULEZ charge.

Remember the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will also operate on days when the Congestion Charge may not be. When the Congestion Charge is in operation, you will be charged for both.

Plan your route – if you are crossing London from north to south, east to west or vice versa, you should set your sat-nav to avoid local charge/toll areas.