World’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will operate from 8 April 2019 in Central London


From April 2019 the ULEZ will replace the T-Charge and operate in the same area, alongside the congestion charge but (unlike the T-Charge and Congestion Charge, which are only in place on weekdays) it will operate 24 hours a days, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

There will also be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. These charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge (C-Charge), so the more polluting cars and vans would pay £24 per day and lorries would pay £111.50 during C-Charge hours.

Diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standards and most petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard will have to take action or pay.

To view the TfL’s ULEZ vehicle compliance checker please go to: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) Map


How does the ULEZ differ from the T-charge?

T-charge

ULEZ

Start date

23 October 2017 (confirmed)

8 April 2019 (confirmed)

Area

Central London Congestion Charge zone (CCZ)

Initially central London CCZ, and then in future years expanding to inner London for all vehicles and London-wide for buses, coaches and lorries (subject to consultation)

Emission standards

Minimum Euro 4 for both petrol and diesel (roughly more than ten years old)

Minimum Euro 6 for diesel vehicles (roughly more than four years old in 2019); Euro 4 for petrol (roughly more than 12 years old in 2019)

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, 7am-6pm (excludes Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive)

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Charges

£10 a day for any non-compliant vehicles

£12.50 a day for non-compliant cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries

Discounts and exemptions

90 per cent discount for residents; 100 per cent discount for blue badge holders; and exemptions for emergency service vehicles, NHS vehicles and motorbikes

(see Note 2 regarding residents of the CCZ)

There will be a ‘sunset period’ for residents of the CCZ and all vehicles adapted for disability needs before the emission standards come into effect.


Which vehicles are affected and what emission standards do they have to meet?

Vehicle type
Includes hybrid vehicles

Minimum emission standards

Charge if vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standards. This is payable in addition to any applicable LEZ or CCZ charges

Penalty charge if vehicle does not meet ULEZ standards and daily charge not paid. This is in addition to any LEZ or CC penalty charges.

Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)

Euro 3

£12.50

£130 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days)

Cars, and small vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladen weight)

Larger vans, 4x4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW)

Ambulances and motorcaravans (2,500kg to 3,500 kg GVW)

Minibuses (more than eight passenger seats, not exceeding 5,000kg GVW)

Euro 4 (petrol)/Euro 6 (diesel)

£12.50

£130 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days)

Lorries, motorised horse boxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, snow ploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers, fire engines, tippers, removals lorries (exceeding 3,500kg GVW)

Buses and coaches (more than eight passenger seats, exceeding 5,000kg GVW)

Euro 6

£100

£1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days)