Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
Earlier in June 2018, the Mayor of London confirmed details relating to the London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
The introduction of the ULEZ in Central London (covering the same area as the current congestion charging zone) will be brought forward to 8 April 2019. Diesel cars and vans must meet Euro 6 standards, petrol cars and vans Euro 4 and motorbikes Euro 3, in order to drive in the zone without paying a £12.50 daily charge. This charge will be on top of the congestion charge and will replace the existing T-Charge.
The ULEZ will expand out to the North and South Circular Roads from 25 October 2021.
Disabled tax class vehicles and specially adapted private hire vehicles will have until October 2025 to replace their vehicles, rather than 2023. Also, minibuses operated by charities will now have a two-year sunset period until October 2023 to replace their vehicles.
In addition to changes to the ULEZ, the emission standards for heavy vehicles (buses, coaches and lorries) across the whole of London in the existing LEZ will be tightened to Euro 6 from 26 October 2020. Heavy vehicles will be required to meet this standard or pay a daily charge.
Residents are advised to visit TfL’s website.