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Use our vehicle checker tool to work out if your vehicle meets the ULEZ emission standards.

Find out about planned changes to ULEZ and the Low Emission Zone from 2020.

ULEZ standards table

The following table is a summary of the ULEZ standards and daily charge if the vehicle is driven within the ULEZ and does not meet the standards.

The ULEZ euro standard specifications can be found in the Greater London ULEZ Charging Order 2006.

Vehicle type
Includes hybrid vehicles
Minimum emission standards
Daily charge if vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standards. This is payable in addition to any applicable Low Emission Zone (LEZ) or Congestion Charge (CC) charges  Penalty charge if vehicle does not meet ULEZ standards and daily charge not paid. This is in addition to any Low Emission Zone (LEZ) or Congestion Charge (CC) charges
Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category) Euro 3 £12.50 £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)

Cars, and small vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladen weight)

Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW)

Ambulances and motorcaravans (2,500kg to 3,500 kg GVW)

Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats, not exceeding 5,000kg GVW)

Euro 4 (if petrol) or Euro 6 (if diesel)

£12.50 £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
Lorries, motorised horse boxes, breakdown & recovery vehicles, snow ploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers, fire engines, tippers, removals lorries (exceeding 3,500kg GVW) Euro VI £100 £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days)
Buses and coaches (more than 8 passenger seats, exceeding 5,000kg GVW) Euro VI £100 £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days)

Enforcement of the ULEZ will be based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age.

Generally speaking, ULEZ-compliant petrol cars are those registered after 2005. However cars that meet the ULEZ standards have been available since 2000.

For diesel vans the Euro 6 standard was mandated for all new vehicles sold from September 2016. Our vehicle compliance checker will allow you to check whether any second-hand vehicle purchased is compliant.

Other ways to comply with ULEZ are listed on the ULEZ page under 'What are my options?'.

Discounts and exemptions

Residents

  • Residents who are registered for the residents' Congestion Charge discount will be granted a time-limited 'sunset period' where a 100% discount from the ULEZ will apply to their vehicles. This will give them more time to change their vehicle to meet the ULEZ standards
  • The discount will be available to those who live within the ULEZ and in designated areas next to the boundary where the Congestion Charge resident's discount applies. The sunset period will apply  from 8 April 2019 to 24 October 2021
  • This discount will only apply while they live within the zone and are registered with us
  • From 25 October 2021, residents must pay the full daily ULEZ charge to drive a vehicle in the zone if it does not meet the ULEZ standards
  • Residents using a vehicle that doesn't meet the T-Charge emissions standards will continue to pay the T-Charge, at a discounted rate of 90%, during the ULEZ resident sunset period

Vehicles for disabled people

  • Vehicles that have a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class and are exempt from vehicle tax, except those operated by or on behalf of Transport for London, will be granted a disabled vehicles sunset period following the introduction of the scheme until 26 October 2025, during which they will be exempt from the ULEZ daily charge (as long as the taxation class of their vehicle does not change). Read the eligibility criteria for the disabled exemption on Gov.uk
  • If your vehicle meets the above criteria and is registered in the UK, it is automatically exempt from ULEZ during the disabled vehicles sunset period and you don't need to register with us. If your vehicle meets the above criteria, but is registered outside the UK, you are also exempt from ULEZ during the disabled vehicles sunset period, but will need to register with us. Details on how you can register will be available closer to the time
  • Vehicles used by Blue Badge holders must meet the new ULEZ emission standards unless the vehicle is registered with the DVLA with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicle' tax class. If your vehicle meets neither of these conditions and you want to use your vehicle within the ULEZ, from 8 April 2019 you will need to pay the charge
  • From 27 October 2025, the daily ULEZ charge will payable for vehicles with 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax class that do not the ULEZ emission standards

Taxis

London licensed taxis are exempt from ULEZ as new emissions standards have already been introduced for taxis. From 1 January 2018 all newly licensed taxis must be zero emissions-capable. Find out more about how we plan to deliver the greenest taxi fleet in the world.

Designated wheelchair-accessible private hire vehicles (PHVs)

Designated wheelchair accessible PHVs will be granted a sunset period following the introduction of the ULEZ. The sunset period will be in place until 26 October 2025 - during this period designated wheelchair accessible PHVs which are being used to carry out a private hire booking will be exempt from the ULEZ daily charge.

These vehicles will only be exempt from the ULEZ daily charge when carrying out a private hire booking for a TfL-licensed PHV operator. At all other times PHV owners will have to pay the charge if their designated wheelchair-accessible PHV does not meet the emissions standards.

Only designated wheelchair-accessible PHVs licensed by TfL will be eligible for the sunset period exemption. See a list of these vehicles on the Passengers and accessibility page.

If you feel that your vehicle should be on the list please email tph.enquiries@tfl.gov.uk.

All other private hire vehicles will need to meet the emissions standards or pay the daily charge from 8 April 2019.

Historic vehicles

You can apply to stop paying vehicle tax if your vehicle was built before 1 January 1978. This date moves forward on a 40-year rolling system. Assuming the rules stay the same, when the ULEZ launches in April 2019, vehicles built before 1979 will be eligible to apply for historic vehicle tax class.

All vehicles that have a historic vehicle tax class will be exempt from the ULEZ. This tax class excludes any vehicle used commercially (for example, coffee vans or street food vans).

In line with the existing LEZ discount all vehicles registered before 1 January 1973 will be exempt from the ULEZ, regardless of commercial use or otherwise.

If your vehicle meets the above criteria and is registered in the UK, it is automatically exempt and you don't need to register with us. If your vehicle meets the above criteria but is registered outside the UK, you are also exempt, but will need to register with us. Details on how you can register will be available closer to the time.

Specialist vehicles

A small number of vehicle types which are currently exempt from the LEZ would also be exempt from the ULEZ charge. These include:

  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Military vehicles
  • Non-road going vehicles which are allowed to drive on the highway (for example, excavators)
  • Certain types of mobile cranes

If your vehicle meets any of the above criteria and is registered in the UK, it is automatically exempt and you don't need to register with us. If your vehicle meets any of the above criteria but is registered outside the UK, you are also exempt, but will need to register with us. Details on how you can register will be available closer to the time.

Discount for showman's vehicles

Some showman's vehicles are eligible for a 100% discount from the ULEZ daily charge if they are registered to a person following the business of a travelling showman and have been modified or specially constructed. Trailers and semi-trailers which have been modified or specially constructed are not eligible for the 100% discount.

For a vehicle to be eligible for the discount, modifications or special constructions for the purpose of the show must be either:

  • Used during the performance, or
  • Used for the purpose of providing the performance, or
  • Used for carrying performance equipment, or
  • Used for displaying animals to the public, or
  • Below the chassis level, such that it isn't possible to fit emission abatement equipment

If your vehicle meets the above criteria, you'll need to register with us to qualify for the discount (vehicles that have already registered with TfL for a LEZ Showman's discount do not need to register again for ULEZ). This applies to both UK and non-UK vehicles.

If you receive any other discounts or exemptions for the Congestion Charge you will still need to pay the ULEZ charge if you drive within the zone in a vehicle that does not meet the ULEZ standards.

Sunset period for not-for-profit minibuses

From October 25 2021 minibuses operated under a section 19 or section 22 permit by not-for-profit organisations will be eligible for a sunset period until October 29 2023. During this period these vehicles will be exempt from the ULEZ daily charge.

For a vehicle to be eligible for the sunset period they must be:

  • A minibus built or adapted to carry more between 8-16 passengers
  • Owned or leased by a not-for-profit organisation and operated using a valid section 19 or section 22 permit issued by an approved licensing body
  • Owned (or leased) prior to 8 June 2018

If your vehicle meets the above criteria, you'll need to register with us to qualify for the sunset period. Check back here for details and links to the registration process.

When driving within the ULEZ in central London from April 2019 to October 2021, these vehicles will need to meet emissions standards or pay the ULEZ daily charge.

From 30 October 2023 the sunset period will expire and all minibuses will need to meet emissions standards or pay the daily charge.

Find more information on the Department for Transport web page on eligibility for section 19 and section 22 permits.

Non-UK registered vehicles

The ULEZ will apply to vehicles outside of the UK as well as UK-registered vehicles. This means that owners of non-UK registered vehicles will need to pay the ULEZ charge to drive in the zone if they do not meet the emissions standards.

Our ULEZ checker will hold information on many vehicles registered outside the UK. If we don't hold your vehicle's details you will then get the option to submit an enquiry with a copy of your vehicle's registration document showing the Euro standard it was manufactured to.