A new ultra-low-emission ecological zone starts operating in London on April 8

The British authorities are tightening the rules for entering vehicles not only in the center of London, but throughout the city. An ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) will soon be operational in the UK capital. These measures are designed to purify dangerously polluted air and improve public health.

From 8 April 2019, an ultra-ecological zone (ULEZ) will be established in central London. To improve air quality, most vehicles, including cars and vans, will have to meet stricter emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily toll in the ULEZ area. From 25 October 2021, the territory of ULEZ will be extended to the outskirts of London.

Who can enter the ULEZ zone?

Any ULEZ-compliant vehicle will be able to drive in the area without paying LEZ.
The ULEZ zone will replace the T-Charge. The daily fee will be collected from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week, daily for one year in the same area as the current Congestion Charge area.

Diesel trucks, city and intercity buses, caravans, motor minivans for horse transport, large vans, minibuses and other specialized vehicles must also meet ULEZ emission standards.
Diesel cars with Euro 6 standard (mandatory for all new vehicles sold after September 2016) meet all the requirements introduced in the ULEZ area. The same applies to petrol cars with Euro 4 class.

If the vehicle does not meet the specified requirements, the area will not be free, and a daily fee will be charged for it:

  • £ 12.50 for most types of vehicles, incl. cars, motorcycles and vans (weighing up to and including 3.5 tonnes),
  • £ 100 for heavier vehicles, incl. trucks (over 3.5 tonnes) and city / intercity buses (over 5 tonnes).

The area covered by ULEZ will be clearly marked with signs indicating where it is applicable. There will be no barriers or toll booths. The cameras will record the registration numbers of vehicles entering ULEZ to check the database for compliance with emission standards. Road signs will be placed in front of the entrance to the ULEZ zone and at key intersections. They will be located near or below the existing Congestion Charge payment signs. ULEZ will be open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. By 2021, it will cover the same territory as the Congestion Charge area. The entry signs at each border point will notify you when you are in the area, and they will appear on the main roads at a distance of approximately 0.5 miles from the border to enter the area.

Further information can be found here: https: / /tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone