The Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding from the 25th October 2021 creating a larger single zone that reaches up to the edges of the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
Older polluting petrol & Diesel cars and vans (up to 3.5 tonnes) that do not meet current emission standards and operate within the enlarged ULEZ area will be affected and will be charged a daily fee (£12.50). Although the North and South Circular Roads themselves are not in the zone, the impact will be considerable and is part of the commitment by the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and TfL to help Londoners breathe cleaner air.
To avoid the ULEZ charge, petrol cars must meet Euro 4 emissions standards at the least and Diesel cars must meet Euro 6-compliance to be exempt from ULEZ charges, Hybrid and electric cars are exempt from ULEZ charges.
Automatic number plate recognition cameras will be checking vehicle number plates against DVLA records for vehicles within the zone identifying all chargeable vehicles, payment of the zone fee can be made on-line by midnight on the third day following the journey or you can or up to 90 days in advance. If you fail to pay on time, you risk getting a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
On Monday 15 March, the UK’s first charging Clean Air Zone outside of London went live and is now operating in the city of Bath. Further afield Birmingham introduced its Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021, and following recent consultations both Greater Manchester and Bristol have also announced that a Clean Air Zone will be introduced.
The gradual introduction of charging ULEZ and CAZ across the UK will undoubtedly encourage an acceleration in the use of Plugin Hybrid and electric vehicles as we strive towards improved air quality for all.