On 8th April 2019 the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will arrive in central London to help clean up our toxic air and reduce harmful NOx road transport emissions. Polluting vehicles will be charged when driving in the zone. Find out if you will be affected….
What is it?
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is a traffic management and emission reduction scheme. It will come into force on 8th April 2019. Initially, ULEZ will operate within the same area as the current Congestion Charge Zone and will be in place in central London. Quick view the ULEZ stakeholder leaflet here
Why do we need it?
Air pollution is currently a significant challenge facing London and a high priority issue for residents. The evidence is clear that our air is so toxic it can harm children’s lung development and causes chronic illness and premature death.; however, there is evidence that some of the damage caused by air pollution can be reversed if air quality improves.
ULEZ is being introduced to improve the air we breathe by bringing in measures to encourage more efficient freight deliveries, more walking and more use of public transport. Making central London a safer and more pleasant place to live, work and visit.
What does this mean?
This means that 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. The scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It is preferred that vehicles meet the new emission standard than pay the charge.
What are the new emission standards?
The new emissions standards are as follows:
What is the charge?
The daily charge will be:
This charge will be in addition to the weekday congestion charge and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge and will replace the T-Charge.
Charging runs between midnight and midnight. Vehicles travelling into the zone before midnight and leaving after midnight will be charged for two days.
There are limited exemptions, discounts and sunset periods for some vehicles including residents of the zone, taxis and vehicles with a disabled or disabled passenger vehicle tax class.
All revenue raised will be used by TfL to help clean-up and maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the transport network.
Where can I find more information?
You can find out further information about the ULEZ and how it will affect you from the TfL website here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone
TfL’s website includes resources such as a vehicle checker to see if your vehicle complies with the new ULEZ standards and a postcode checker to check which locations will fall within the charging zone.