ULEZ – The Ultra Low Emission Zone and what it means for your car.
On April 8th the governments newest scheme to tackle pollution in the capital comes in to play and for some drivers it could cost up to £24 per day. The charge affects diesel cars that are older than 2015 and are not Euro 6 Compliant, it also affects petrol cars that are over 13 years old. London is the first city in the world to implement a 24-hour, seven day a week Ultra Low Emission Zone, inside which vehicles will have to meet tough emissions standards or face a charge.
The charge takes over from the T Charge which was only implemented in 2017 and has now extended to 24 hours a day 7 days a week and runs in the same areas as the congestion charge. This runs from Victoria and Hyde Park in the west to Tower Bridge in the east, and from Euston Road in the north to Elephant & Castle in the south.
It will expand to become ten times the size by 2021. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles driving within the North Circular and South Circular roads could be liable for charges.
The ULEZ toll is in addition to congestion charge so as well as the £11.50 congestion charge you will also be charged £12.50 if your car doesn’t meet strict new regulations.
Other cities, including Birmingham, are planning to follow London and establish low emission or clean air zones from next year. Many of these will include pollution charges for older vehicles or ban them entirely from driving in city centres.
What you need to know
- £12.50 ULEZ charge came into force on April 8, 2019
- Central London zone operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Charges apply to most diesel cars over 4 years oldand most vans over 3 years old
- Few petrol carsare be affected
- Payment can be made online or via telephone. If you don't pay by midnight on the day of your journey, you'll receive a fine in the post
There are few cars that were Euro 6 compliant such but the best thing to do would be to use the online checker https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle-35896
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