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ULEZ Is Coming, Are You Ready?

As Britain strives for increasingly stringent emissions rules and regulations, Transport for London is poised to roll out all-new Ultra Low Emissions Zones, (ULEZ), this coming April. With these new rules having implications for road users does your vehicle comply with the new standard and are you ready for this change to come into effect?

With the new ULEZ rules designed to lower emissions in the nation's capital and improve air quality, the new Ultra Low Emission Zones will be in place in the same areas as the existing Congestion Charge and will come into effect on the 8th of April this year. Any vehicle entering this zone will need to meet the new standard.

There are a number of varying levels of vehicles that may fall foul of the new regulations as for whether a vehicle is deemed liable for a charge is dictated by its Euro status. Transport for London stress they’d rather the public use a compliant vehicle rather than paying the charge, however with varying degrees of compliant vehicles on the road it’s likely that a number of motorists may not automatically comply.

Below is the Transport for London data which dictates the lowest permissible Euro status within the ULEZ by vehicle category.

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)*
  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles*
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles*
  • Euro VI (NOx and PM) for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles (NOx and PM)*

If your vehicle doesn’t meet the above Euro status categories you may well be liable for the following charges per day.

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)*
  • £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)*

It’s also important to note that the new ULEZ charge runs from midnight to midnight and not over a 24 hour period. This means, for example, if you enter London at 11 pm on day 1 and leave at any time during day 2, even within a 24-hour window, you will be liable to pay the ULEZ charge over both days.

Understandably a change of this scale will take a time for people to get their head around so if you are in any doubt at all whether you vehicle complies to the new standard, you can use the TFL vehicle checker here.

The above information should be regarded as information only and you should satisfy yourself fully with all the current regulations and guidelines, as dictated by Transport for London here.

At Big Motoring World we have a range of ULEZ compliant vehicles across both petrol and diesel models. To discover our extensive range of quality used cars across our Kent locations, please click here.

*Information as detailed by Transport for London and is correct at time of publication.