What Is The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)?
As per www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone the ULEZ is there to “To help improve air quality, an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019. Most vehicles including cars and vans will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.” It will replace the T Charge and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To start with, it will be in the same area as the current Congestion Charge Zone, although from 2021 it will be expanded to the inner London area, bordered by the North and South Circular.
This charge will be on top of the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone Charge (LEZ.) Whilst the LEZ only affects diesel engines, the ULEZ will be applicable to both diesel and petrol. Furthermore, just because your vehicle may be exempt from the LEZ, it may not meet the strict standards of the ULEZ.
It is important to note that failure to pay the charge will result in a PCN being issued to the registered keeper. The charge runs 00:01 – midnight each day, therefore if you drive from before midnight to after midnight, you will be liable to pay two days of charges.
Which Vehicles Are Affected By The ULEZ?
- Motorised Tricycles
- Small and Large Vans
- 4x4 Light Utility Vehicles
- Motorised Horseboxes
- Breakdown and Recovery Vehicles
- Snow Ploughs
- Refuse Collection Vehicles
- Road Sweeps
- Concrete Mixers
- Fire Engines
- Tippers and Removal Lorries