Ultra-Low Emission Zone

As many of our businesses are aware, the Mayor of London has introduced the Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

The ULEZ will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019 in the same area as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles including cars and vans will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or be liable for a daily charge to drive within the ULEZ area.

You can pay the ULEZ daily charge from 8 April 2019. It will be:

  • £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)
  • This will be in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge and will replace the T-Charge.

A daily charge runs from midnight to midnight. If you drive within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you will be liable to pay two daily charges if your vehicle doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards.

While the ULEZ from April will only apply within the current congestion charge zone from 25 October 2021 the area will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

The Mayor has also introduced the Van Scrappage Scheme.

Microbusinesses and charities can choose from a range of ‘scrap for cash’ options and apply for the scheme online at www.tfl.gov.uk/scrappage-scheme. Organisations eligible for the £23 million scheme need to be either a microbusiness or charity as defined below:

Microbusinesses must have:

  • 10 or fewer employees;
  • Up to £632,000 turnover or £316,000 balance sheet total up to current financial year; and
  • Companies House registration as an active company or VAT registered.

Charities must be registered with The Charity Commission.

Options include:

  • A payment of £6,000 to scrap a non-compliant van or minibus and help with running costs of a new electric vehicle
  • A payment of £3,500 to scrap a non-compliant van or minibus which can be used to:
  • purchase a newer ULEZ compliant Euro 6 vehicle;
  • access third party offers from rental and sharing services across London, including Zipcar, Northgate Hire, Enterprise and Europcar*;
  • support ongoing business operations*

For more information on ULEZ or the Scrappage Scheme please follow the links below:

ULEZ information


Van Scrappage Scheme


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