Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is Coming..

Added: 20 March 2019

Ultra Low Emission Zone

The £12.50 daily ULEZ charge comes into force on 8 April. 
The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming into effect on 8 April 2019 and will impact an estimated 2.5m vehicles driving in the Capital each year. 
The ULEZ is being introduced in London to cut emissions of nitrous oxides and particulates in the city with the aim of improving air quality.

Five other English cities have been ordered to introduce Clean Air Zones by 2020: Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby. Other Local Authorities are also considering introducing Clean Air Zones, including in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Cardiff, Warrington, Brighton, Middlesbrough and Bath.

The ULEZ Zone will initially cover the same geographical area as the London Congestion Charge Zone (See below), but will soon expand to take in most of the city. Owners of affected cars will have to pay a daily charge to drive into the zone, which, unlike the Congestion Charge Zone, will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Where Will ULEZ Be Enforced?

What is the ULEZ?

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone is an area of London where the most polluting vehicles must pay a levy in order to use the roads. The ULEZ charge will replace the existing T-Charge when it comes into effect.

From its initial launch on 8 April 2019, the ULEZ will cover the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone in central London. Then, once 26 October 2021 comes around, it will expand to cover all areas inside the North and South Circular roads.

The charge, which must be paid on top of the £11.50 daily Congestion Charge, is set at a standard rate of £12.50 – although this varies depending on the vehicle – and will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The ULEZ charge and the Congestion Charge in combination bring the total cost for some vehicles entering London between 7am and 6pm on weekdays up to £24.

Which vehicles are affected?


Minimum emission standards

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001
Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after September 2015.

Vans, Minibuses and More:

Vehicles included are:

  • Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)
  • Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
  • Ambulances and motorcaravans (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes)
  • Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats, not over 5 tonnes)

Minimum emission standards

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, however:

  • All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard
  • All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

How Can I Check If My Vehicle Meets The ULEZ Standard?

You can use the Transport For London online system here using the vehicle registration:

How We Can Help..

We have sales teams on hand to assist with this process, with 100's of vehicles available compliant with the new ULEZ standard both new and used. Combined savings from compliant vehicles avoiding the daily charge, alongside offering the benefits of lower running costs from more efficient engines and maintenance - there's no better time to explore our range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

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