Drivers whose vehicles that don't comply with emissions standards must pay a new daily charge.
As of today, 8 April 2019, a new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force in central London, in the same area as the congestion charge.
It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and drivers of vehicles who don’t meet ULEZ emissions standards must pay a daily charge to drive in this zone (on top of the congestion charge):
- £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
Use the TfL’s online vehicle checker to check if you’ll need to pay the new charge. Generally speaking, those that’ll need to pay include drivers of:
- Motorbikes that don’t meet Euro 3 standards (manufactured pre-2007)
- Petrol cars and vans that don’t meet Euro 4 standards (manufactured pre-2006)
- Diesel cars and vans that don’t meet Euro 6 standards (manufactured pre-2015)
- Buses, coaches and lorries that don’t meet Euro 6 standards
If your vehicle falls into one of the categories above and you’re looking for more information on greener vehicles, try one of our guides:
- Hybrid and electric cars: everything you need to know
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- The pros and cons of running an electric van
Those who don’t pay the charge face a fine of £160, although first offenders may only receive a warning letter.
TfL predicts the scheme will result in toxic emissions dropping by 45% in two years, with the aim being to expand the ULEZ to cover the entire area between the North and South Circular roads by 2021.