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​ULEZ is coming – are you ready?

What is it?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is a traffic management and emission reduction scheme. It will come into force on 8th April 2019. Initially, ULEZ will operate within the same area as the current Congestion Charge Zone and will be in place in central London.

Air pollution is currently a significant challenge facing London and a high priority issue for residents. 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 does this mean?

The ULEZ is a change from LEZ standards. If you drive a lorry, van, bus, minibus or other specialist vehicle and it currently meets LEZ standards, it may not meet the new ULEZ standards.

This means that most vehicles including cars and vans will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.

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

It is preferred that vehicles meet the new emission standard than pay the charge.

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

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.

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.