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Currently, these vehicles must meet the Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM), whether they are used for commercial or for private purposes.
Tougher LEZ standards are being introduced. Use our tool to check if your vehicle will be affected by changes coming on 26 October 2020. If you must pay LEZ charges because of the tougher standards, you will not have to pay a separate ULEZ charge.
However, there will be no new charges under the tougher standards until the end of February 2021. This is to give the freight industry more time to meet the new standards as they face intense demands from the coronavirus pandemic.
Use our vehicle checker to see if your vehicle meets the current emissions standards.
Petrol or diesel vehicles in central London must also meet Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards, even if they meet LEZ standards.
The current LEZ emissions standards are based on Euro standards for the emission of PM. PM is very fine particles of soot emitted by vehicles - this 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.
Find out more on our check if your vehicle is affected page.
If your vehicle doesn't meet the LEZ standards, you will need to pay the daily LEZ charge.
If you drive an HGV over 12 tonnes in Greater London at any time you will need to apply for an HGV Safety Permit. From this date, a penalty charge notice will be issued to vehicles without a permit.
Applying for a permit will be free of charge and available from 28 October 2019. Find out more about the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for HGVs.