London Mayor brings forward date for Ultra Low Emission Zone

Published 05 April 2017

The date for the introduction for the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been brought forward to the 8 April 2019.

It will require the drivers of the most polluting vehicles to pay £12.50 on top of the existing congestion charge to drive though the centre of London. Originally planned for 2020, the new ULEZ roll-out date was confirmed by the capital’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan

The charge will apply to petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards. Buses, coaches and HGVs face a fee of £100 a day.

If you have a petrol car registered before 1 January 2006, it will likely be subject to the charge. As will diesel cars registered before 1 September 2015.

For newer vehicles, the Euro emission standard should be listed on the V5C in section D2. Alternatively you can check on the Transport for London website to see if you'll have to pay the charge.

The 2019 ULEZ will replace the T-Charge and cover the same area as the existing Congestion Charging Zone, but apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Drivers who live within the zone will be exempt, but be subject to a three year “sunset period” to change their car. At the end of this period (from 7 September 2023) residents will be liable for the full daily charge, should their vehicle not meet the ULEZ standards.

The scheme, which is expected to be announced in several other British cities over the coming months, will aim to cut harmful emissions by penalising petrol cars that do not meet Euro4 standards and diesels that do not comply with Euro6 standards. Khan has also outlined proposals to extend the low emissions zone to the north and south circular roads by 2021.

Harmful emissions from diesels and older petrol cars has been accredited to 9500 yearly deaths in London alone and has been labelled as a ‘public health emergency’ by a cross-party committee of MPs. The European Commission has also warned Britain about its failure to tackle air pollution and is preparing legal action against the UK for not enforcing EU law during the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal.


peter hughes    on 7 April 2017

nice little earner?

NickNike    on 10 April 2017

If they are that dangerous, just ban them. This is a money making racket. I keep well away from London now, and glad I'm not associated with what was once a great city. It can stay in the EU as far as I'm concerned.

Howard Buchanan    on 10 April 2017

Another money-making racket from the eco warriors. Domestic central heating/water boilers and log burners produce far more nitrogen dioxide than pre-Euro 6 diesels, so why not go for the principal offenders? Because such a thing would be politically unthinkable, and there is already a long-suffering milk-cow to hand: the motorist.

G Harper    on 12 April 2017

One of the things that they won't open the can of worms on is particle charging! caused by electricity with the increase in power use has increased air pollution!
Electromagnetics like the ring in every building for mains plus aircon/wifi/traffic lights/trains/buses/ and so much more.
Reason why after a thunder storm air is so nice! think about it

G Harper    on 12 April 2017

plus another thing is get rid of those humps obstructions that have you almost climbing over them with ropes&irons
if i go to my friends which is 5 miles at best have to go over 70 ish humps
Pollution increaser as was disclosed while back but hidden now that pollution has increased in areas that have high hump counts!
20mph areas shouldn't have any pus any hump has to conform to a standard not haphazard like now as some you can't get over without scraping underneath even breaking exhaust on some

Yorkie45    on 14 April 2017

The Mayor obviously thinks that you can carry on polluting as much as you like as long as you stump up the charge. It's just a money making racket. At least Dick Turpin had the courtesy to wear a mask when he was robbing you. If he's serious about preventing all these deaths he would simply issue a complete banning order on diesels with certain exceptions such as essential deliveries, taxis with the latest engines, emergency services etc.

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