Ultra Low Emission Zone

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is to be introduced on 7 September 2020.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced to help improve air quality and the health of those who live and work in London. It will also help us achieve our legal limit of nitrogen dioxide set by the European Union.

The ULEZ standards will apply to all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). Vehicles that do not meet the standards will have to pay an additional charge when travelling in the zone.

Residents inside the zone and vehicles with a ‘disabled’ or a ‘disabled passenger’ tax class have a three year sunset period, with a 100 per cent discount ending on 6 September 2023, to give them an additional chance to meet with the standards.

The area covered by the ULEZ is the same as the current Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ). It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ULEZ charge is in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charges already applied.

The London Mayor’s Office has launched an awareness campaign well in advance of the changes in 2020, so that people have time to check if they are affected and act before the new standards come into place.

You can find further information about the standards, including which vehicles meet the new rules and the zone boundaries.