From April 2019 the ULEZ will replace the T-Charge, which was introduced last month, and operates in the same area, alongside the congestion charge. Unlike the T-Charge and Congestion Charge, which are only in place on weekdays, the ULEZ will operate 24 hours a days, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
There will be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches.
These charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge (C-Charge), so the most polluting cars and vans would pay £24 per day and lorries would pay £115.50 during C-Charge hours. All revenue raised will be used by Transport for London to help maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the entire transport network.
The minimum standards for the ULEZ are Euro 6 for diesel vehicles, Euro 4 for petrol vehicles, and Euro 3 for motorbikes and quadricycles. Drivers of vehicles that do not meet the minimum standard will have to take action or pay. Most diesel cars that are four years old or newer will meet the requirement in 2019 when the scheme comes into force, making the ULEZ the tightest emission standard in the world.
As well as bringing in the ULEZ a year earlier than previously planned, the Mayor has expanded the standards to include particulate matter after recent health data revealed that every part of London exceeds World Health Organization recommended air quality guidelines for PM2.5. He has also decided that TfL buses should meet the same Euro 6 requirement as other heavy vehicles and private buses from April 2019.
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More than 18,000 Londoners responded to the Mayor’s public consultation on ULEZ, with 63% (11,383) supporting earlier implementation. Please visit the Tfl consultation portal to view the results in full.