FROM Monday October 25, 2021, the Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding – meaning some motorists will need to pay a £12.50 charge to enter the zone.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, will expand from central London to create a single, larger zone up to – but not including – the North Circular Road and South Circular Road.
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.
Simply confirm your vehicle’s registration mark and the country of registration, before selecting which day you wish to pay for.
The site will give you the option to either pay for single charging days or Calendar view to pay for a block of charges or a single day in the future.
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.
However, unlike the ULEZ, the Congestion Charge operates from 7am to 10pm every day except Christmas Day.
If you forget to pay the charges on time, you risk being fined for both. The £160 fine is halved to £80 if paid within 14 days.