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Cleaner Air for London: The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming

From 8 April 2019, the ULEZ will operate in central London, 24 hours a day, every day of the year in the same zone as the current weekday Congestion Charge, where it applies.  

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Vehicles entering the zone that do not meet the new, stricter emission standards will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 per day for cars/ motorcycles/vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and £100 per day for lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes) in addition to the weekday central London Congestion Charge it that normally applies to your vehicle.  

If you have previously paid the central London Congestion Charge to do business in London you should have received a letter directly from Transport for London (TfL) asking if you are ready for 8 April.  If not, and you would like to see if your vehicle(s) may/may not meet the required ULEZ emissions standards, please use the online vehicle checker at:  www.tfl.gov.uk/ulez

From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ will be expanded to include the inner London area, bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

From 26 October 2020, throughout London, the most heavily polluting vehicles will need to meet even tougher standards as part of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ). 

This is in addition to the central London ULEZ charge.  Find out more at:  www.tfl.gov.uk/lez

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for TfL and the Mayor to use the final few weeks to significantly increase spending on external communications on the ULEZ scheme to ensure businesses is fully aware and informed; also for TfL to provide a period of grace of twelve months to businesses who have entered the zone who can prove they have a lease that runs up to April 2020 – when the original ULEZ date was set by the previous Mayor; and a substantial increase in the number of electric charging points across the capital by 2020.

Sue Terpilowski OBE, the FSB’s London policy chair, said: "FSB has long argued that tackling air quality is a critical issue for London. We support the drive of the Mayor of London to lead from the front on this issue. However, it must be remembered that the cost of doing business in the capital is forcing many small businesses to re-evaluate their business activity. 

"We are calling for high level communications of the ULEZ in the coming two months and for a light-touch introduction of the scheme to ensure that this policy meets the ambitions of reducing harmful emissions whilst still recognising the impacts on micro and small businesses."