The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ), and comes into force in September 2020.
The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.
The Mayor of London and Transport for London are committed to improving the quality of the air and the health of Londoners.
We'd like your views on proposals to introduce a emissions surcharge and on improving the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
To have your say and find out if your vehicle could be affected, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/airquality-consultation
You can check which locations fall within the charging zone using our postcode checker. The ULEZ covers the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone, indicated in red on the interactive map below.
The Government currently offers a Plug-in Car Grant to reduce the initial cost of purchasing a new ultra low emission vehicle.
From September 2020, all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards), or pay a daily charge, when travelling in central London.
The ULEZ standards are in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charges already applied. The area covered by the ULEZ is the same as the current Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ). It will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and public holidays.
The ULEZ will cover the same area as the Congestion Charge zone, which is identifiable by road signs showing where it applies. There will be no barriers or toll booths. Cameras will read vehicle number plates as they are driven within the zone to check against our database.*
If the vehicle does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards and the daily charge is not paid, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued payable by the registered owner or operator. This penalty is in addition to any CC or LEZ penalties received. For motorcycles, cars, vans and minibuses this will be £130 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days). For HGVs, coaches and buses this will be £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days).
*The database will be compiled using information from The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), vehicle manufacturers and drivers and operators who have registered with TfL.
London's air quality has improved significantly in recent years and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport have fallen. We currently meet legal limits for all but one air pollutant. This pollutant is nitrogen dioxide (NOx), which has impacts on public health. The other pollutant of concern is particulate matter (PM) and there are no safe limits for PM2.5.
An equivalent of 9,400 deaths in London per year can be attributed to air quality related illness. The Capital also faces challenging targets to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Road transport contributes around half of emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) in Greater London. Diesel vehicles form a significant proportion of these. NOx emissions form harmful NO2 in the atmosphere.
We're introducing measures to promote more walking, cycling, use of public transport and to encourage sustainable freight deliveries. ULEZ is another way to further reduce the most harmful emissions generated by road transport in central London and across the Capital.
The introduction of the ULEZ will reduce exhaust emissions of NO2 and particulate matter PM10 and PM2.5, making central London a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.
These positive effects will be especially beneficial to the young, older people and those who have respiratory problems, as well as residents of high pollution areas. The majority of traffic entering the ULEZ will be from outside the zone, so the benefits of cleaner, greener vehicles in the form of reduced emissions will be delivered right across Greater London, even to areas not in the zone.
PLEASE NOTE - If you need urgent advice about the Ultra Low Emission Zone contact ULEZEnquiries@tfl.gov.uk