London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will expand next summer, the mayor has announced.
Currently, drivers only pay to enter the area within London’s North and South-Circular roads.
But under the new scheme, drivers of vehicles that don’t meet minimum emission standards will pay £12.50 a day to enter the Greater London Authority boundary.
The new extended zone will start on August 29, 2023.
So how exactly has the area changed and how could it affect you?
When was the ULEZ created and why?
It was launched in April 2019 with the aim of reducing pollution in central London by 15%.
It’s not the only scheme of its kind. Several other cities such as Brussels and Madrid have introduced similar low emission zones.
How bad is the air quality in the capital?
An estimated 4,000 Londoners die prematurely every year from conditions related to air pollution.
Last year, traffic information provider Inrix said London was the most congested city in the world.
What area is currently covered by the ULEZ?
Initially, the zone covered the same area of central London as the congestion charge.
Since October 25 of last year it has included everywhere within the North and South Circle Roads.
What area will it cover from August 2023?
The area will be 18 times bigger, covering all boroughs of London.
Who has to pay the tax?
Anyone driving a car that doesn’t meet minimum emission standards will be charged.
For petrol cars, this generally refers to those first registered before 2006.
Most diesel cars registered after September 2015 are exempt from the tax.
You can check if your vehicle meets the standards using the checker here.
For cars, smaller vans, motorcycles and other lighter vehicles, the charge is £12.50 if the vehicle does not meet emissions standards.
The charge for larger non-compliant vehicles such as trucks, buses and coaches is £100.
Under the plans, disabled drivers will be eligible for a grace period until 2027.
The LEZ (Low Emission Zone) for heavy vehicles will continue to operate, so both the ULEZ and LEZ fare may be charged.
Find out more about the LEZ charge here.
When does the ULEZ work?
You can be charged at any time of the day, every day except Christmas Day.
How long after a trip do I have to pay?
You have until midnight of the third day following the trip.
What happens if I don’t pay?
Failure to pay the ULEZ fee may result in a £180 debit notice, reduced to £90 if the fee is paid within 14 days.
Find more information from TfL here.