If none of these apply to you, you can also explore ways to meet the standard.
London-licensed taxis are exempt from ULEZ charges. They are currently subject to a 15-year age limit - we are currently reviewing proposals to reduce this to 12 years.
All newly licensed taxis must be capable of producing zero emissions. Find out more about how we plan to have the cleanest taxi fleet in the world.
PHV's that do not meet the emissions standards must pay the full ULEZ charge to drive within the zone.
Designated wheelchair-accessible PHVs will be granted a grace period until 26 October 2025 - during this period designated wheelchair-accessible PHVs used to carry out a private hire booking will be exempt from the ULEZ daily charge.
These vehicles will only be exempt 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 and is not in the disabled or disabled passenger vehicle tax class.
See a list of designated wheelchair-accessible PHVs licensed by TfL on the Passengers and accessibility page.
If you feel that your vehicle should be on the list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply to stop paying vehicle tax if your vehicle was built more than 40 years ago. This date moves forward on a 40-year rolling system. For example, assuming the rules remain the same, when the ULEZ launched in April 2019, vehicles built before 1979 were 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 but is registered outside the UK, you are also exempt, but will need to register with us before travelling in the zone.
A small number of vehicle types currently exempt from the LEZ are also exempt from the ULEZ charge. These include:
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. Check if you need to register.
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:
If your vehicle meets the above criteria, you need to register with us to qualify for the discount. (Vehicles that are already registered with TfL for a LEZ showman's discount do not need to be registered 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 still need to pay the ULEZ charge if you drive within the zone in a vehicle that does not meet the ULEZ standards.
From 25 October 2021 to 29 October 2023 minibuses operated under a section 19 or section 22 permit by not-for-profit organisations will be eligible for a grace period exempting them from the ULEZ daily charge.
Vehicles driven within the ULEZ in central London BEFORE 25 October 2021 need to meet emissions standards or you need to pay the daily ULEZ charge.
For a vehicle to be eligible for the grace period they must be:
If your vehicle meets the above criteria, you'll need to register with us to qualify for the grace period. Check if you need to register your vehicle.
The grace period will expire from 30 October 2023 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.