Check if your vehicle meets the new tougher Euro VI emissions standards. If not, you will need to pay a daily charge to drive within the Greater London area.
Current LEZ emissions standards set a limit for how much particulate matter (PM) a vehicle may emit. The tougher standards will also set a limit for nitrogen oxides (NOx) for some vehicles.
Tougher emissions standards for the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will be introduced from 1 March 2021 at the earliest.
The start date will be confirmed by October 2020 and published on our website. This is to give the freight industry more time to meet the new emissions standards as they face intense demands from the coronavirus pandemic.
Heavy vehicles including lorries, buses, coaches and specialist vehicles will need to meet Euro VI (NOx and PM) emissions standards or pay a daily charge to drive within the Greater London area.
Current standard: Euro IV - particulate matter (PM)
New standard: Euro VI - nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). This is the same as the ULEZ standard - these vehicles will no longer need to pay a separate ULEZ charge
Current standard: Euro 3 (PM)
New standard: No change - continue to pay the daily LEZ charge if your vehicle does not meet Euro 3 for PM
You can still check if your vehicle meets the current standards.
We would prefer that your vehicle meets the tougher LEZ emissions standards, so you don't need to pay the daily LEZ charge.
If you drive a HGV, lorry, van or other specialist heavy vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight or a bus/minibus or coach over 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight within the LEZ and it does not meet:
Penalty charges for vehicles affected by tougher LEZ emissions standards will also change when enforcement begins. See the changes to the penalty charges.
Your vehicle registration document (V5C) will help identify your vehicle's Euro emission standard.
The LEZ is enforced based on declared emissions of the vehicle rather than age, but:
The tougher LEZ standards will not apply to the following vehicles.
From 26 October 2020, if you drive an HGV over 12 tonnes in Greater London at any time you will need an HGV Safety Permit to show that your vehicle meets the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS). Vehicles without a permit will be subject to a penalty charge notice. Applying for a permit is free.
Enforcement will be introduced from 1 March 2021 at the earliest. The start date will be confirmed by October 2020 and published on our website.
This is to give the freight industry more time to meet the new standards as they face intense demands from the coronavirus pandemic.
Once enforcement starts, vehicles without a permit may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).