21 Oct 21

Huge expansion of London's Ultra Low Emission Zone

Fleets running older vehicles are in danger of facing high daily charges to operate in London from Monday (October 25, 2021), when the UK capital will massively expand its Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in a bid to clean up its air quality.

The new zone is 18 times bigger than the initial ULEZ, which is credited with reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) pollution in central London by almost half, according to the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

To avoid the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge (seven days per week, 24 hours per day), cars and light vans will have to meet Euro 6 emission standards for diesel and Euro 4 emission standards for petrol.

Transport for London estimates that 20% of vehicles that currently enter the expanded ULEZ do not comply with the stricter exhaust emission thresholds, including 35,000 vans and 100,000 cars.

Alex Williams, TfL's Director of City Planning, said: “If they [drivers] are liable for the charge we would ask them to consider using public transport, or to walk or cycle if possible, and if they need to drive, consider using a car club whose fleets are fully ULEZ compliant, or switching to the cleanest vehicle.”

Authored by: Jonathan Manning