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Charges for older vehicles to help improve air quality in London

Drivers of older vehicles in particular are increasingly likely to face extra charges for driving in the capital.

  • There’s been a Low Emission Zone covering most of Greater London affecting mainly commercial vehicles since 2008.
  • An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) affecting all vehicle types apart from black taxis and covering the existing Congestion Charge area has been operating since 8 April 2019.

London low emision zone

Low Emission Zone

  • Runs 24/7 and the daily charge is £100 to £200.
  • Number-plate recognition tracks entry.
  • It began in 2008 for large, commercially operated diesel vehicles like buses, lorries and coaches.
  • Extended in 2012 to cover vans, minibuses, horseboxes, motor-caravans, utility vehicles, pick-ups and more.
  • HGVs, buses and coaches registered before October 2006 must be modified or pay the charge.
  • Vans, minibuses, horseboxes, motor caravans, utility vehicles and pick-ups registered before October 2002 may have to be modified or pay the charge.

Is your vehicle affected by the LEZ?

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

The ULEZ  started on Monday 8 April 2019 covers the same central London area as the Congestion Charge. It affects lots more vehicles than the LEZ, including all cars and motorcycles.

  • Runs 24/7 and the daily charge will be £12.50 per car, moped or motorbike
  • This charge is on top of the LEZ and the Congestion Charge but it will replace the T-Charge.
  • Exemptions:
  • HGVs, buses and coaches must meet the ‘Euro VI’ standard (effective from 2014) or pay a £100 daily charge

This means that the oldest car you can drive in the ULEZ without paying is a 4 or 5-year-old diesel or a 13 or 14-year-old petrol.

The ULEZ will be enlarged in 2021 to take in the whole of the area bounded by the North and South circular roads.

More about the ULEZ.


April 2017 - date confirmed for ULEZ start

Subject to further consultation, the Mayor announced new or updated proposals:

  • The ULEZ will start operating, and replace the T-charge, from Monday 8 April 2019.
  • The ULEZ will initially cover the same area as the Congestion Charge.
  • For heavy diesel vehicles (buses, coaches, lorries) the ULEZ will be extended to cover the whole of Greater London in 2020.
  • For cars, vans, minibuses and motorcycles, the ULEZ will be extended to the North and South Circulars in 2021.
July 2016 - ULEZ to be bigger and earlier

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan wants to extend the ULEZ and start it sooner.

In July 2016 a package of measures intended to tackle air pollution in London was proposed:

  • Start the ULEZ a year earlier, in 2019.
  • Extend the ULEZ to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road in 2020 for motorcycles, cars and vans, and london-wide for lorries, buses and coaches
  • Add a £10 environmental surcharge (T-charge) to the Congestion Charge from 2017 for the most polluting (older than 2005) vehicles.
  • The start date for the T-charge was subsequently confirmed as 23 October 2017.


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