London’s ultra-low emission zone: what you need to know.

How much it will cost, where it covers – and how to find out whether your car is liable?

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.

From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ area will be expanded to include the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular Roads.

Who is affected?

Vans, lorries, coaches, buses, cars, motorbikes and all other vehicles will need to meet the new, stricter emission standards, or pay the daily ULEZ charge. This is in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge. It will replace the T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) which was introduced in October 2017.

You can check if your vehicle will be affected by the ULEZ by using this free online vehicle checker.

You can also check which areas fall within the charging zone using this post code checker.

Some drivers and vehicles qualify for a temporary discount or full exemption from the ULEZ charge. You can see a full list of the charges, discounts and exemptions, as well as other information about the ULEZ, at TfL’s website.

Why introduce the ULEZ?

The ULEZ is part of a package of hard-hitting measures that the Mayor is putting in place to tackle the public health crisis created by London’s air pollution.

Thousands of Londoners die prematurely each year because of long-term exposure to air pollution, while 438 schools in the capital are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels. And every Londoner in the capital lives in an area exceeding World Health Organization guidelines for the most dangerous toxic particles.

Around half of emissions from road transport are nitrogen oxides (NOx), which contribute to illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM).

The ULEZ will help reduce these emissions, to protect children from lung damage, reduce the risk of breathing illnesses and heart disease in adults, and improve the health of people exposed to the highest levels of pollution.

The Mayor is bringing forward the start date of the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) from 2020 to 2019 and has confirmed that ULEZ will expand up to the North and South Circular roads from 25 October 2021.

More than 18,000 Londoners responded to the Mayor’s public consultation on ULEZ, with nearly 60 per cent (11,041) strongly supporting the principle of ULEZ, and 63 per cent (11,383) supporting or strongly supporting earlier implementation.

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