Check if your vehicle is affected by London’s ULEZ zone (Pictures: Getty)
It’s no great secret that London’s air quality is… not amazing, to say the least.
In the Ulez, your car or vehicle needs to meet a certain ’emission standard’ – meaning it doesn’t produce an excessive amount of pollution – or you face a charge of £12.50 every day you drive through it.
Ideally, this would encourage more people to turn to walking, cycling, or public transport in order to pass through the centre.
As of Monday, October 25, 2021, the area classed as Ulez is getting much bigger, so drivers need to be prepared.
Here’s all you need to know.
Where is London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone expanding?
The areas ULEZ is expanding into (Picture: ULEZ.co.uk/TfL)
Currently, Ulez covers a specific part of Central London – including the City of London and parts of the City of Westminster.
This area is also the area affected by the Congestion Charge, where you must pay £15 a day to drive.
Ulez is now expanding to make ‘a single, larger zone up to, but not including, the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205),’ says the TfL website.
From October 25, many London boroughs will also be inside the Ulez area, including all or parts of:
- Waltham Forest
- Tower Hamlets
- City of Westminster
- City of London
- Kensington & Chelsea
- Hammersmith & Fulham
To see your usual driving route is affected, you can check the TfL Ulez map to learn more.
Ulez operates at all times – except on Christmas Day. Signs on the roads should tell you when you’re in the zone.
And don’t worry: the Congestion Charge area isn’t expanding, and will remain as it has been, TfL has confirmed.
What are the new Ulez charges for 2021 and beyond?
ULEZ is expanding, so make sure you’re prepared (Picture: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)
As of October 25, the charge to drive in the Ulez zone will remain the same: £12.50 per day.
You only need to pay the charge if your car or vehicle doesn’t meet certain emissions standards.
You’ll need to pay early or on the day you travel. If you don’t pay within three days of the charge, a fine may be heading your way.
But it’s important to note that TfL says it doesn’t want drivers to fork out – and would much prefer all cars in London meet their requirements.
So, if you’re an avid driver and you’re being hammered constantly by the charge, it may be more cost effective in the long-run to find an appropriate vehicle.
If you are required to pay Ulez, and are also driving through the Congestion Charge area, you’ll need to pay an extra £15 a day, too.
That comes to £27.50 for just one day of driving in London.
How to check if your vehicle is affected by the Ulez charge
Different types of vehicles are affected by the charge (Picture: Getty_
Whether you live in London, are visiting or just passing through, you should check if you’re affected by the Ulez charge.
TfL has a useful vehicle checker – which covers a range of models from all over the world.
It’ll tell you what the typical emissions standard for your car, motorbike, lorry or vehicle is.
All you need to do is type in your number plate registration and tick whether it is a UK or non-UK license plate.
It’s worth noting now that TfL points out that newer vehicles typically tend to meet London’s emission standards.
Older petrol cars (2006 or older) and diesel cars (2017 or older) probably won’t, it says.
Either way, enter your details to find out if you’re charge-free, or need to pay up.
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