What is London’s ULEZ?2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
London’s ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) is an area of the city where the vehicles producing the highest pollution are required to pay a penalty or fee. At first, the ULEZ fee was implemented in place of the T-Charge.
On 25th October 2021, the ULEZ was extended to include all regions within the South and North Circular roads. Prior to this, the ULEZ had covered the same region as that covered by the Congestion Charge Zone.
The fee is in place around the clock, seven days a week, and costs an additional £12.50 each day on top of the £15 Congestion Charge. The exact ULEZ fee can vary between vehicle types.
For certain vehicles making their way into London from 7 AM to 10 PM on the weekdays, the combined Congestion plus ULEZ charges could amount to £27.50.
Which Vehicles Will London’s ULEZ Most Affect?
Diesels constructed before 2016 (Euro 6) and gasoline vehicles built before 2006 (Euro 4) are mostly impacted by the ULEZ. However, beginning in 2001, a few gasoline vehicles were offered that complied with Euro 4 regulations.
If a vehicle meets the standards but is not officially accepted as such by TfL (Transport for London), the owner must submit proof of compliance with the Euro standard in order to receive a waiver of the fee.
Non-Euro 6 diesel automobiles and vans, non-Euro 4 gasoline vehicles, and non-Euro 3 motorcycles can all be affected. However, vehicles that have been designated as historic and were manufactured before 1979 are ULEZ exempt.
Also, subject to the ULEZ’s restrictions are Euro VI heavy-duty trucks, buses, and coaches (basically, any vehicle manufactured prior to 2013 or 2014). The fee to enter the zone is £100, and drivers who enter without paying will be fined £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid under 14 days).
What Will the Outcome of the ULEZ Be?
The TfL anticipates that 100,000 cars, 30,000 Lorries, and 35,000 vans will pay the ULEZ levy daily, but most will be “infrequent” visitors entering the zone about once a year.
The TfL claims ULEZ benefits the young, elderly, respiratory patients, and residents of high-pollution areas. TfL statistics showed about 70% of vehicles coming into the ULEZ zone were in compliance.
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