To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019. Most vehicles, including cars, vans and minibuses, will need to meet new tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ. From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ area will be expanded to include the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular.

Vehicles included are:

    • Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)
    • Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
    • Ambulances and motorcaravans (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes)
    • Minibuses (more than eight passenger seats, not over 5 tonnes)

Minimum emission standards:

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, however:

  • All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard
  • All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

Check your vehicle registration document to see your vehicle’s Euro emission standard or NOx emissions. If these are not listed then use the ULEZ vehicle checker: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/check-your-vehicle

Charges (if ULEZ standards not met):

  • Daily charge: £12.50
  • Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)

The daily charge will run from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week, every day of the year. These are in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge that apply. (Small vans up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight are not subject to the LEZ.)