As of 3 January 2012, these vehicles need to meet the Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM), whether used for commercial or for private purposes.
In addition to the existing LEZ emissions standards, tighter emissions standards will phased in that will affect different vehicle types and different geographical areas within London.
From 8 April 2019 if you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within the Congestion Charge area in central London, you will need to meet new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards that are tighter than the London-wide LEZ standards already operating.
On 26 October 2020 we will introduce stronger LEZ emissions standards London-wide for heavy vehicles including lorries, buses and coaches.
Find out about how you will be affected by changes to LEZ standards and the launch of the ULEZ.
The LEZ emissions standards are based on Euro standards for the emission of PM. PM is very fine particles of soot emitted by vehicles, which have an effect on health. This type of pollution can contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, other respiratory illnesses and even early death.
The age and weight of a vehicle indicate the level of PM it produces.
The table below shows those diesel vehicles which don't meet the LEZ emissions standards. If you own any of the vehicles listed, you will need to take action before driving within the LEZ, or pay the daily charge.
|Diesel vehicles that don't meet the LEZ emissions standards (when registered as new before 1 October 2006)|
Breakdown and recovery vehicles
Refuse collection vehicles
Other specialist vehicles
|More than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight|
Coaches (with 8+ passenger seats)
|More than 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight|
If your vehicle isn't included in this table, use our tools to check if your vehicle is affected.
If your vehicle is affected by the LEZ, find out what your options are.
Some vehicles first registered shortly before 1 October 2006 will also meet the LEZ Euro IV standard as some manufacturers started producing and using engines which met the Euro IV standard before this date. These vehicles are known as 'early adopters'.
Vehicles need to meet the Euro IV standard for PM. Vehicles registered as new on or after 1 October 2006 are assumed to meet these standards.
The quickest way to check if your vehicle meets the standards is to enter your registration plate details into our vehicle checker or use our vehicle type tool.
Your vehicle will meet the current emissions standards if:
You will then be free to drive within the LEZ until October 2020 without taking any action.
Your vehicle will not meet the current emissions standards if:
If any of these are true, then you'll need to take action if you want to drive within the LEZ without paying the daily charge.