What Does ULEZ Mean?

ULEZ stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone. There are emission standards and requirements that lorries, coaches, buses and some other heavy vehicles have to meet when travelling within the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Vehicles that fall within this category are:

  • Buses.
  • Lorries.
  • Tippers
  • Coaches.
  • Breakdown And Recovery Vehicles
  • Fire Engines
  • Motorised Horse Boxes
  • Concrete Mixers
  • Removal Lorries (More Than 3.5 tonnes)
  • Road Sweepers

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be enforced based on the emissions of the vehicles rather than the age, however Euro VI engines are usually the vehicles registered with the DVLA after 2014. The Ultra Low Emission Zones also apply to Buses that are contracted to TFL – they are not exempt from it and all the Buses in the ULEZ now are minimum Euro VI standard.

If you need to check if your vehicle meets the current emissions standard you check on the TFL website.

ULEZ Charges

There is a daily charge that that run from midnight to midnight in the ULEZ and as it states on the TFL websites: “If you drive within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you will have to pay two daily charges”

  • Daily ULEZ Charge: £100
  • Penalty Charge: £1,000 (£500 if paid within 14 days)

These payments are to be paid in ADDITION to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that may already apply.

TFL Payment Options

You can either set up an auto pay system with TFL, pay online, pay by phone or download the official TFL pay to drive in London application which is free from the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Options If Your Vehicle Is Not ULEZ Compliant

If the vehicle you have does not meet the ULEZ standards there are a two options you can explore. You can pay the daily ULEZ charge or fit emissions reduction technology to your vehicle, however retrofit technologies must be certified by the CVRAS (Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme). At the moment they only have ERT (emissions reduction technologies) for buses, coaches and refuse vehicles, but state although the equipment suppliers can test and certifiy equipment. Any HGV, bus, coach or refuse vehicle with ERT fitted must have this certifited by CVRAS before anything else, once it has been certified the owner should notify TFL themselves. For any further information on emissionss reduction technology you can visit the Energy Savings Trust Website.

Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Updates

It will begin to get tougher for Heavy Goods Vehicles to match the ULEZ Euro VI standard from 26th October 2020. The way TFL are making it even harder from the end of October 2020 is by making it a requirement for these types of vehicles to meet Euro VI strandards within the LEZ boundary or pay a daily charge.

To find out more about any changes to the LEZ from October 2020 click here.

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