Cars need to meet minimum emissions standards when travelling within the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.
Minimum emission standards
Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6
The ULEZ is enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:
- Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ standards are generally those first registered with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001
- Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those first registered with the DVLA after September 2015
Charges (if ULEZ standards NOT met)
We prefer that you use a vehicle that meets the new emissions standards rather than pay a daily charge.
A daily charge runs from midnight to midnight. If you drive within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you will have to pay two daily charges.
- Daily ULEZ charge: £12.50
- Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
These are in addition to any Congestion Charge that applies. (Cars are not subject to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).)
How to pay
- Set up Auto Pay (£10 annual charge per vehicle). Already have Auto Pay? Then you don't need to do anything
- Pay online
- Download the official TfL Pay to drive in London app for free from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
- Pay by phone
UK: 0343 222 2222 (TfL call charges)
International:+44 20 7649 9122
Textphone: 020 7649 9123 (if you have impaired hearing)
Patients travelling to NHS hospital appointments may be able to get a refund for ULEZ charges. Find out more on the Discounts and exemptions page.
If your vehicle does not meet the required ULEZ standards you can:
Walk, cycle or use our public transport network
Take advantage of our fares freeze and off-peak fares
- Use our Hopper fare to take unlimited bus or tram journeys within one hour for £1.50. Find out more about the Hopper fare
- Travel off peak anywhere between Zones 2 and 6 for £1.50. Find out more about fares
- Night services on the Tube and London Overground are off peak
- If you're planning a night out, travel from Zones 2-9 in to Zone 1 during the rush hour from £2.40. When is off peak?
Upgrade to a second-hand vehicle that meets ULEZ standards
If you're thinking of buying a new or second-hand car, first look up its emissions in real-world driving conditions with the Mayor's Cleaner Vehicle Checker.
- Nearly all petrol vehicles produced since 2005 meet the ULEZ standards
- Vehicles which meet the equivalent of the Euro 4 NOx standard for petrol have been available to buy since 2001
You can find a vehicle's Euro emission standard on its vehicle registration document.
If it's not shown, you can use the date when the vehicle was first registered with the DVLA - this is in section B of the document. Then check Gov.uk's vehicle enquiry service.
Pay the daily charge
Join a car club
- Electric cars emit no NOx or CO2 from the tailpipe (compared to 120 g/km for the average small petrol car). More information about electric and plug-in hybrids, including advice on picking a vehicle is on the Go Ultra Low website
See if you qualify for a discount or exemption
Questions about ULEZ?
If you need more advice about the ULEZ, you can make an enquiry.