From 25 October 2021, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to include the inner London area, bounded by the North and South Circular roads.
Will ULEZ affect you?
St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Mile End Hospital, John Harrison House, Canary Wharf, Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital are all in the new expanded ULEZ zone.
This means that cars, motorbikes, vans and all other vehicles will need to meet the new stricter emission standards, or pay a daily charge in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge if driving in central London.
For smaller vehicles this is £12.50 per day and for heavy vehicles including lorries £100 per day. The ULEZ will replace the T-Charge (officially known as the emissions surcharge) which was introduced in October 2017.
If you drive into central London you can use Transport for London’s online vehicle checker to see if you will be affected.
The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day (25 December).
Why is ULEZ being introduced?
The ULEZ will contribute to improved air quality for millions of people in London. This will help to protect children from lung damage, to reduce the risk of breathing illnesses and heart disease in adults, and to improve the health of people exposed to the highest levels of pollution.
Some drivers and vehicles qualify for a temporary discount or full exemption from the ULEZ charge. These include residents living in the zone and vehicles registered with a ‘disabled’ or ‘disabled passenger vehicles’ tax class.
For details of the emissions standards and a full list of the discounts and exemptions available, visit the Transport for London website.