With pressure on the government to address air pollution and – more broadly – climate change, a new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been introduced into London.
Currently covering the same area as the existing Congestion Charge Zone, the regulation imposes stricter penalties on diesel cars, which are the primary source of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The zone was introduced in April 2019, and any charges incurred within it must be paid alongside the Congestion Charge.
What are the charges?
Cars, motorcycles, vans and minibuses of under 3.5 tonnes are subject to a £12.50 charge per day that they enter the zone. Lorries, buses and other vehicles over this weight must pay £100 per day. Should motorists fail to pay the fee, a penalty of up to £1,000 may be issued. The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight, and remains in effect all year, including on weekends and public holidays.
Are there any exemptions?
The vehicles most likely to be subject to the charge are diesel models registered before September 2015 and petrol models registered before 2005.
A few temporary exemptions and discounts are currently in place, enabling residents living within the Congestion Charge Zone and Blue Badge holders time to acquire a cleaner vehicle if necessary. London licensed taxi are also exempt for the time being. To find out more, visit the TFL website.
If you need help to find out whether your vehicle is eligible for the charge, contact us at Milcars Mazda today.
Will the ULEZ expand?
The government plans to extend the ULEZ area over the next two years. By October 2021, it will cover the entire inner London region bounded by the North and South Circular roads. As such, it would be prudent to invest in a new, greener model sooner rather than later. Here at Milcars Mazda, we’ll be happy to help you source a compliant vehicle for a great price. Contact us today to find out how we can help.