ULEZ charges in London & Kent

How does ULEZ or LEZ affect me and my car?

I have to pay to drive anywhere in London or Kent with ULEZ!

No, not really. The ULEZ zone is actually quite small and will only affect a select amount of people.

That orange circle pictured is the Ultra Low Emissions Zone. In 2019 if you want to drive in that area in a Van, Car or Motorcycle and do not meet requirements, you will pay £12.50 per day.

ulez new charges 2019-2021 map

Do I need to pay the ULEZ charge?

​In 2019 if you drive a Euro 3 Motorbike, Euro 4 Petrol Car or Van, Euro 6 Diesel Car or Van you will pay £12.50.

Any Bus or large heavy vehicle will be subject to £100 

 ** Larger vans and minibuses, motorised caravans, motorised horse boxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, private ambulances, motor hearses, dual purpose vehicles and other specialist types fitting the weight criteria. Vans (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW) and minibuses (passenger vehicles with more than eight seats, plus the driver's seat, not exceeding 5,000kg GVW).

*** Lorries, motor caravans, motorised horseboxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, snow ploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers, fire engines, tippers, removal lorries, other specialist vehicles exceeding 3,500kg GVW. Buses and coaches applies to passenger vehicles with more than eight seats, plus the driver’s seat, exceeding 5,000 kg GVW.

ultra low emission zone explained
ulez new charges 2019-2021 map

What happens when the ULEZ zone expands in 2021?

If you drive any of the above mentioned cars and would currently pay £12.50 to drive in central london (the orange zone); you will now have to pay the same if you drive in the yellow zone.

When does the ULEZ expand?

October 25th 2021

When is the ULEZ not in affect? Can I not pay?

24/7. 24 hours a day 7 days a week the ULEZ in its current a future state will in a 365 day operation. So no sadly you cannot avoid the charge, other than of course choosing a different route.

What about the LEZ, what's that?

The LEZ is the Low Emissions Zone. This is an expanded radius that will only affect specialist vehicles and not average everyday car users.

Unless you drive a Larger van or Minibus, or Bus and Lorry you will not need to pay the £100 - £300 charge.

ZoneLaunch DateAreaStandardsEuroHoursDaily Charge
Low Emission Zone 26 October 2020 Greater London Larger Vans** Euro 3 24/7/365 £100
Buses / Lorries / vehicles over 3.5T*** Euro VI / 6 24/7/365 £300 if not Euro VI
£100 if Euro VI
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How can I check if my car is eligible for the ULEZ charge?

ULEZ Car Check