Back when we researched New London Mayor’s “T Charge” two years ago, we wrote that “London’s new mayor also wants to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) as far as inner boundary of North and South circular roads, almost doubling it in size (original plan was to have the ULEZ in just the congestion charge zone).  He has also hinted that it could be brought forward by one year to 2019 as opposed to the original proposition of 2020.“ Well, Mr Khan has kept his word and the ULEZ is coming!

When is it coming?

From 8th April 2019, cars and vans will need to meet ULEZ standards (tighter exhaust emission standards) or pay a daily charge when driving within the zone.

Is North London affected?

Not immediately but from October 2021, the zone will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads boundaries. See map below:

How much does it cost now to drive in London?

Currently you could be charged a Congestion charge (Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00) for driving in central London – £11.50. In addition to this, if your vehicle does not meet Euro 4 standards then you can add on an extra £10 (same zone and times apply). However from  8th April 2009, the ULEZ replaces the T Charge and you need to pay £12.50 if Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standards not met (at all times within the congestion charge zone). More details can be found here.

How do I know if my vehicle is affected?

Please check the Transport for London website’s tool to see if your vehicle will incur a charge.

Are there any exemptions?

Yes, some drivers and vehicles will have a temporary discount whereas others will be completely exempt.

  • Residents living in the congestion charge zone currently registered for a discount will have a 100% discount from 8th April 2019 to 24th October 2021 so that they can change their vehicle to meet the ULEZ standards. If they don’t change their vehicle then from 25th October 2021, they will have to pay 100% of the ULEZ charge
  • Disabled or disabled passenger vehicle tax class owners will be exempt from the ULEZ charge until 25th October 2025. Blue badge holders will unfortunately have to pay the charge from 8th April 2019 unless their vehicle meets the new ULEZ emission standards or are registered with the DVLA as disabled or disabled passenger vehicle tax class
  • London-licensed taxis should already meet new emissions standards. In fact from 1st January 2018, all newly licensed taxis need to produce zero emissions
  • Historic vehicles (anything built more than 40 years ago) are already enjoying savings by not having to pay VED but the even better news is that they are also exempt from the ULEZ fee

You can see the full list of exemptions and discounts here.

What else you need to know

Here’s a list of quick ULEZ facts:

  • Failure to pay results in a fine of £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
  • Lorries will be charged £100 per day and a massive fine of £1000 if not paid
  • There is a £23m scrappage scheme available to businesses with 10 or fewer employees to trade in their dirty vehicles for cleaner models
  • Signs will notify you of where the ULEZ starts

Keep checking our blog for more details on ways to ensure your vehicle meets the new ultra low emissions standard.


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