The Mayor of London launched the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London on 8 April 2019. Petrol cars have to meet Euro 4 (NOx) emissions standards and diesel cars have to meet Euro 6 (NOx and PM) standards to drive in the ULEZ.
The daily ULEZ charge is £12.50. The penalty charge is £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days). This charge is in addition to any Congestion Charge that applies. There is also the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) – which does not cover cars.
As well as cars, vans, lorries, coaches, buses, motorbikes and all other vehicles need to meet the new, stricter emission standards, or pay the daily ULEZ charge. This is in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge. It replaces the T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) which was introduced in October 2017.
From 25 October 2021 the ULEZ will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.
The ULEZ operates in the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone and will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.
Vehicles need to meet the different emission standards for the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) based on their vehicle type, and the type of emission.