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.
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.
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.
October 25th 2021
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.
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.
|Zone||Launch Date||Area||Standards||Euro||Hours||Daily 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