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​ULEZ is coming – are you ready?

The Mayor of London is introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) - a 24/7 traffic management and emission reduction scheme.

ULEZ was put into place on the 8 April 2019. ULEZ will replace the T-Charge and operate within the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ).

From 25 October 2021 the ULEZ will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

Air pollution is currently a significant challenge facing London and a high priority issue for residents. The ULEZ is being introduced to improve the air we breathe by bringing in measures to encourage more efficient freight deliveries, more walking and more use of public transport.​

What are the ULEZ standards?

If your vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standards you will have to pay a daily charge to travel within the area.

The ULEZ standards:

  • Euro 3 for Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles
  • Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro VI for heavy vehicles including lorries and other specialist vehicles over 3.5T and buses and coaches over 5T

These standards are more stringent than the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards currently in place for larger vans, minibuses, lorries, buses, coaches and other heavy specialist vehicles. If you drive a vehicle within the Congestion Charging Zone and it currently meets LEZ standards it may not meet the new ULEZ standards.

What are the daily charges?

​The daily charge will be:

  • £12.50 for vehicles under 3.5 tonnes such as cars, motorcycles and vans.
  • £100 for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes such as lorries, and for buses/coaches which are over 5 tonnes.

This charge will replace the T-Charge but be paid in addition to the weekday congestion charge and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge.

All revenue raised will be used by Transport for London (TfL) to help clean-up and maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the transport network.

Am I eligible for a discount or exemption?

​The qualifications for a temporary discount from the ULEZ charge are:

  • Residents living with the Congestion Charging Zone, and who are registered for a Congestion Charge discount will be granted a 100% ULEZ discount until 24 October 2021. From this date residents with a non-compliant vehicle will pay the full daily ULEZ charge.
  • 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger use' tax class registered vehicles will be exempt from the ULEZ charge until 26 October 2025, as long as they do not change tax class. From this date all non-ULEZ compliant vehicles in these tax classes will be liable for the daily ULEZ charge.
  • non-resident Blue Badge holders will not be exempt from the daily ULEZ charge and willonly receive a discount if the vehicle is registered with DVLA with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger use' tax class.
  • London licensed taxis are exempt from the ULEZ.
  • designated wheelchair accessible Private Hire Vehicles will be exempt from paying the daily ULEZ charge until 26 October 2025. However, the PHVs will only be exempt when carrying out a private hire booking for a TfL-licensed PHV operator.

Further information can be viewed on ULEZ charge discounts and exemptions.

More information

​Further details about ULEZ and how it will affect you are available on the TfL website.

TfL’s website includes resources such as a vehicle checker to see if your vehicle complies with the new ULEZ standards and a postcode checker to check which locations will fall within the charging zone from 8 April 2019.

Mayor of London's Scrappage Scheme

The Mayor of London has put in place scrappage schemes for cars, motorcycles, vans and minibuses.

Vans and Minibuses scrappage scheme:

The Mayor of London has announced expansion of the pre-Euro 6 diesel light vans and minibuses scrappage scheme to help businesses prepare for the tightening of the London-wide Low Emission Zone standards in October 2020 and the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the north and south circular in 2021.

Under this schemes, grants are available for:

  • Scrappage for frequent users of the Congestion Charge area (£7,000)
  • Scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement (£7,000)
  • Scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle (£9,500)


  • Small businesses with fewer than 50 or fewer employees, are included
  • Drivers will have to have made at least 26 trips into the Congestion Charge Zone in the six months prior to the launch of the scheme

To find out more and apply, visit the vans and minibuses scrappage scheme webpage.

Details of a scrappage scheme heavy vehicles operated by small businesses will be available later this year. This grant scheme are being finalised, but it is expected that it will be in the form of a grant of around £15,000 for each polluting heavy vehicle, up to a maximum of three vehicles.

Cars and Motorcycles scrappage scheme:

Designed to help low income and disabled Londoners scrap older, more polluting cars and motorcycles, this payment can be used to purchase a vehicle which does meet the ULEZ standards.

The scheme offers two payments:

  • £1,000 to scrap a motorcycle or moped
  • £2,000 to scrap a car

To be eligible:

  • the vehicle must not meet the ULEZ emissions standards
  • Living within the 32 London boroughs or the City of London
  • Claiming benefits

To find out more and apply, visit the cars and motorcycles scrappage scheme webpage.

​What is the City of London Corporation doing?

  1. ​​The City of London Transportation team is working to ensure the City’s fleet meets the ULEZ standards - this includes vehicles owned by the City of London Corporation, and vehicles sub-contracted.
  2. The City is registered with the LoCity programme, a management scheme that facilitates partnership between stakeholders to encourage reduction of fleet emissions.
  3. A Corporation-wide ‘no diesel’ policy was implemented at the start of 2016. No new diesel vehicles will be purchased by the City Corporation unless there is no viable alternative.
  4. Eight Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) have been purchased to date and an electric refuse vehicle truck is being trialled in the City from June 2018.
  5. Electric vehicle charging points have also been installed across the Smithfield Meat Market and Barbican Estate Car parks to encourage EV use by residents and local businesses and meet Low Emission Neighbourhood objectives to improve air quality and reduce emissions. Further EV charging has been installed in City Car parks for public use.