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ULEZ checker LIVE – London ultra low emission zone expansion TODAY – is your area in the zone and how much for your car?


LONDON’S pollution charge zone for older vehicles has been significantly expanded, affecting tens of thousands of motorists.

Drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards are being charged £12.50 to drive in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez).

The charge applies all day, every day, except on Christmas Day.

Drivers who fail to pay face being handed a Penalty Charge Notice of £160, reduced to £80 if paid within a fortnight.

The Ulez has operated since April 2019, but previously only covered the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge.

It now includes all areas within the North and South Circular roads in an attempt to boost air quality.

Read our ULEZ live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Seven changes for drivers under new government plans

    DRIVERS face massive changes under new government plans to make motoring more eco-friendly.

    The Prime Minister has announced a massive strategy to reduce emissions on our roads, which includes incentives for Brits to buy electric cars.

    And while many of the plans outlined in the government’s strategy relate to industry, aviation and other business sectors, there’s a lot at stake for the ordinary motorist too. 

    The Net Zero strategy outlines how the UK can begin to produce no more greenhouse gases than it removes, both by emitting less pollution and by cancelling it out using other means.

    The 2050 deadline for this seems very distant, but a lot of the changes are already beginning to kick in.

  • My car is old – do I have to pay the ULEZ charge?

    If you drive an older car or motorbike – a diesel built before 2015, a petrol car built before 2006 or a motorcycle built before 2007 – you could need to pay the charge and should check before travelling into London. 

    If your vehicle is more than 40 years old, you can apply for your vehicle to be added to the historic tax class. 

    This status means that you will no longer need to pay vehicle tax. It will also mean that you do not need to pay the ULEZ charge when driving in London. 

    All vehicles constructed before 1 January 1973 will be exempt from the ULEZ charge.

  • What is the ULEZ?

    The ULEZ is an area of London that only modern, efficient cars are allowed to enter. 

    Drivers of older vehicles will need to pay a £12.50 charge, or find an alternative way to enter the capital. 

    London has problems with air pollution, and Transport for London (TfL) hopes that this charge will reduce pollution and improve air quality. 

    Thousands of people in the city are breathing potentially deadly toxins. 

    TfL also hopes to raise funds for public transport projects using proceeds from the lucrative new fee.

  • ULEZ charge: What to know

    To help improve London air quality, the ULEZ imposes a charge on drivers of older vehicles as they are deemed to be the most polluting.

    It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (December 25).

    The charge mostly affects drivers of petrol cars built before 2005, and diesel cars built before 2015, but the best way to see if your car is eligible is by checking online using TFL’s website.

    Most vehicles need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or you must pay a daily charge to drive inside the zone:

    • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
    • Lorries, vans or specialist heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, or buses, minibuses and coaches weighing over 5 tonnes do not need to pay the ULEZ charge when paying the stricter LEZ charge.

    The ULEZ charge can be paid for on the TfL website.

  • What other exceptions to ULEZ are there?

    Some local residents and keepers of vehicles in a ‘disabled’ tax class will be able to apply for discounts and temporary grace periods.

    Blue badge holders still need to pay the charge if their vehicle falls outside the ULEZ emissions standards. 

    London-licenced taxis up to 15 years old are exempt. Minicabs with wheelchair access have a grace period until 26 October 2025, provided they are being used to carry out a private hire booking. 

    Some specialist farm vehicles, tanks, and diggers may also be exempt, as are certain showman’s vehicles. 

    If you drive a minibus for a charity or school – excluding private schools – you can register for a limited grace period until 29 October 2023.

  • Mapped: How will the ULEZ zone will affect you?

    The Ultra Low Emission Zone or ULEZ initially covered the Congestion Charge zone in central London, from the eastern edge of Hyde Park out to around Aldgate.

    But from today (October 25, 2021), this will expand to cover all parts of London within the North and South Circular roads.

    And unlike the Congestion Charge, the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year – excluding Christmas Day on December 25.

  • How do diesel cars avoid the charge?

    For diesel cars to avoid the charge they must generally have been first registered after September 2015, while most petrol models registered from 2005 are also exempt.

    Transport for London (TfL) said four out of five vehicles registered within the new, larger zone are compliant, but an estimated 130,000 are not.

  • Will I have to pay the ULEZ charge in my brand new car? 

    Most motorists driving cars built recently – in the past five years – will be able to travel into the ULEZ area for free. 

    There are a few exceptions to this, including specialist vehicles and some cars that have been individually imported from abroad.

    Most normal passenger cars manufactured by mainstream brands in the past five years will be eligible to enter the ULEZ without the driver paying £12.50. 

    Some vehicles that are fifteen years old are compliant. Drivers should check on the TfL website.

  • What other exceptions to ULEZ are there?

    Some local residents and keepers of vehicles in a ‘disabled’ tax class will be able to apply for discounts and temporary grace periods.

    Blue badge holders still need to pay the charge if their vehicle falls outside the ULEZ emissions standards. 

    London-licenced taxis up to 15 years old are exempt. Minicabs with wheelchair access have a grace period until 26 October 2025, provided they are being used to carry out a private hire booking. 

    Some specialist farm vehicles, tanks, and diggers may also be exempt, as are certain showman’s vehicles. 

    If you drive a minibus for a charity or school – excluding private schools – you can register for a limited grace period until 29 October 2023.

  • Are hybrid cars exempt from the ULEZ charge?

    Petrol-electric hybrid cars follow the same rules as normal petrol cars, and must be Euro 4 compliant, while diesel-electric hybrid cars must be Euro 6 compliant. 

    Most hybrids will be exempt from the charge. But some older models, such as the original Toyota Prius, will incur the fee.

  • Around 135,000 cars old enough to be hit by charge

    Transport For London says that 135,000 cars and vans a day currently driving in the new zone are old enough to be hit by the charge.

    It is a move to push people into greener cars, or to use public transport more, to clean up the capital’s air.

    The charge applies to any diesel car or van that doesn’t meet the Euro 6 exhaust standard. That is basically older than September 2015, although some Euro 6 cars were on sale before that. For petrols, only older stuff gets hit. The cutoff is pre-Euro 4. Newer than 2005 escapes the charge.

  • Wake up to ULEZ

    Thousands of Londoners will soon find £160 fines dropping on to their doormats.

    The offence? Driving their own car down their own street.

    Today, the London UItra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) boundary vastly expands.

    It will cover everywhere inside the North and South Circular roads, a huge residential area. And other cities are set to follow.

    Drivers of older cars and vans will have to pay a £12.50 charge for every day they drive in the zone. And if they don’t pay the charge, they’ll get the fine.

  • Congestion charge remains same – meaning a possible charge of £27.50

    The Congestion Charge area will remain the same, and motorists driving older vehicles will still need to pay the £15 Congestion Charge in addition to the ULEZ.

    This means that somebody driving a non-compliant car may need to spend a total of £27.50 to drive into the very centre of London. 

  • Electric cars are exempt from ULEZ charge

    Electric cars are exempt from paying the ULEZ charge.

    This includes every mainstream EV of any age, plus any vehicle that has been properly converted and registered as a battery car. 

    Motorists are being encouraged to adopt electric cars instead of petrol or diesel models, especially if they frequently drive in urban areas. 

  • Ten things YOU should know as a car owner

  • ULEZ set up to improve London’s air quality

    To help improve London air quality, the ULEZ imposes a charge on drivers of older vehicles as they are deemed to be the most polluting.

    It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (December 25).

    The charge mostly affects drivers of petrol cars built before 2005, and diesel cars built before 2015, but the best way to see if your car is eligible is by checking online using TFL’s website.

  • How do diesel cars avoid the charge?

    For diesel cars to avoid the charge they must generally have been first registered after September 2015, while most petrol models registered from 2005 are also exempt.

    Transport for London (TfL) said four out of five vehicles registered within the new, larger zone are compliant, but an estimated 130,000 are not.

  • Can I get an exemption?

    Those with vehicles registered with a disabled or disabled passenger tax class will benefit from a grace period after the ULEZ starts.

    They’ll be exempt from the ULEZ charge until October 26, 2025, as long as their vehicle doesn’t change tax class.

    Also, people living in the area who are registered for the residents’ Congestion Charge discount will be granted a time-limited grace period where a 100 per cent discount from the ULEZ will apply to their vehicles.

    The grace period applies until October 24, 2021.

  • How can I check if my vehicle is affected?

    The best way to be sure you comply with the low emissions standard is to check online.

    You can do this by inputting your vehicle’s number plate into the Transport for London (TfL) website.

  • 18 times more cameras for ULEZ zone

    There are currently about 1,000 congestion charge cameras, but there will be 18 times that number for the ULEZ.

    Cameras will read number plates and check if the vehicle meets the ULEZ standards.

    By charging £12.50 a day, cash-strapped TfL will raise between £700million and £1.5billion.

    The congestion charge only brings in £230million a year.

  • What emissions standards do cars and lorries have to meet?

    To drive in the ULEZ, petrol cars must meet the Euro 4 standard on emissions, and diesels, as well as larger vehicles, must meet Euro 6.

    Transport for London’s “integrated impact assessment” claims about 565,000 cars registered in the capital will be liable if driven.

    It is estimated that an additional 100,000 cars, 3,000 lorries and 35,000 vans will be affected by the expanded zone every day.

  • Could I get fined?

    The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week, every day of the year bar one.

    Failure to pay will result in a fine of £160 for cars, vans and motorbikes which will be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.

    Lorries, coaches and larger vans will be charged £100 a day, with a £1,000 fine for failing to pay on time, reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days.

    These are in addition to any Congestion Charge that applies.

  • Mapped: How will the ULEZ zone will affect you?

    The Ultra Low Emission Zone or ULEZ initially covered the Congestion Charge zone in central London, from the eastern edge of Hyde Park out to around Aldgate.

    But from today (October 25, 2021), this will expand to cover all parts of London within the North and South Circular roads.

    And unlike the Congestion Charge, the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year – excluding Christmas Day on December 25.

  • Sadiq Khan tweets about ULEZ

    Sadiq Khan has tweeted about the ULEZ expansion zone which has come in to force from this morning.

    The Mayor of London tweeted: “From today, our city’s ULEZ is expanding.

    “Live on @BBCr4today shortly – I’ll be speaking about how this will accelerate London’s transition to a zero emission transport network, clean up our toxic air & protect millions more Londoners from air pollution.”

  • Where does the money from the ULEZ charge go?

    TfL says the cash it receives from the Ulez is reinvested into improving London’s transport network and to improve air quality.

    TfL insists it “doesn’t make a profit” from the scheme.





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