London Ultra Low Emission Zone: What, Where, & When

JonathanDecember 20, 2018

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London Ultra Low Emission Zone: What, Where, & When

  • The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force on 8th April 2019
  • It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charge Zone until 24th October 2021.
  • From 25th October 2021 it will be extended to the North and South Circular roads
  • The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements
  • The £12.50 per day charge is in addition to the current Congestion Charge


Cars will need to meet the minimum emission standards in the ULEZ, or the daily charge must be paid. Petrol cars will have to have minimum Euro 4 engines (generally those registered after 2005), whereas diesel will have to have at least Euro 6 (generally registered after 2015).


LCVs (any vans, 4×4 light utility/pickups etc. up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight; or minibus with more than 8 passengers and under 5 tonnes) will need to meet the minimum standard, or the daily charge must be paid. Petrol LCVs need a minimum of Euro 4 engines (generally those registered from 2006), whereas diesel will need at least Euro 6 – generally registered from September 2016. This means that if you are driving a 3 year old diesel van, you could be subject to the charge.

Furthermore, as the charge operates 24 hours a day – if you make deliveries at night (for example 8pm to 8am), you could be charged for two days.

Can I Check if My Car/Van Meets the Standards?

Yes. Click here (opens in a new tab).

Are There any Discounts/Exemptions?

Residents who are registered for the residents’ Congestion Charge get a 100% discount during the “sunset” period until October 24th 2021 so they can source a new vehicle. Keepers of vehicles registered with “disabled” or “disabled passenger vehicles” tax class will be exempt until 26th October 2025 (as long as their vehicle doesn’t change class).

Blue badge holders with vehicles which aren’t registered as above will not receive a discount.

Not-for-profit minibuses operated under a Section 19 or Section 22 permit will be eligible for exemption until 29th October 2023.

For further information about exemptions and discounts, click here.

So What do I do?

You either pay £12.50 per day, which is on top of the Congestion Charge of £11.50 per day (which is £120 per week if you’re making a trip every day). You can upgrade to a new vehicle which meets the emissions guidelines – we can help you with that, or you can walk.

Will The ULEZ go to Other Cities?

Birmingham has a plan in place from 2020, so it’s safe to assume it’s going to end up in other large cities.

Transport For London

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