Vehicles included are:

  • Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)
  • Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
  • Ambulances and motorcaravans (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes)
  • Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats, not over 5 tonnes)

Minimum emission standards

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, however:

  • All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard
  • All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

Check your vehicle registration document to see your vehicle's Euro emission standard or NOx emissions. If these are not listed then use our ULEZ vehicle checker.

Charges (if ULEZ standards not met)

We would prefer vehicle owners to use vehicles that meet the new emissions standards rather than pay a daily charge.

  • Daily charge - ULEZ (Low): £12.50
  • Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)

These are in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge that apply. (Small vans up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight are not subject to the LEZ.)

Your options

If your vehicle does not meet the required ULEZ standards you can:

Upgrade to a second-hand vehicle that meets ULEZ standards

  • All van manufacturers now only sell vehicles that meet the emissions standards - some Euro 6 vans have also been available since 2013. Many more second-hand Euro 6 vans are coming on to the market as rental companies renew their two- to three-year-old fleets
  • Leasing a vehicle may be a more affordable way to get a vehicle that meets the emissions standards. Information on leasing is on the BVRLA website

We're also working with the top UK van manufacturers and leasing companies to encourage them to offer affordable deals on vehicles that meet the emissions standards.

Pay the daily charge

  • You'll be able to pay any ULEZ, LEZ and/or Congestion Charges that apply online, all at the same time

Join a car club

Go electric

  • Electric van emit no NOx or CO2 from the tailpipe. More information about electric vehicles, including a list of those eligible for a grant, in on Gov.uk's page on plug-in grants

Fit emissions reduction technology

The ULEZ scheme allows for some vehicles to retrofit emissions reduction technology to meet the ULEZ standards.

Retrofit technologies will need to be certified by the government's Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS). The CVRAS currently only has emissions reduction technologies certified for buses. We expect retrofit technologies to be developed for coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles where replacing the vehicle would be very expensive.

We are not aware of any independently tested, commercially viable retrofit equipment for specialist vans and campervans, although there is a process in place for equipment suppliers to test and certify equipment.

More details on the retrofit accreditation process and suppliers are available on the Energy Savings Trust website.

Retrofit: convert to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)

If your vehicle has been converted to run on LPG you may meet the emissions standards. Converted vehicles will be treated based on the DVLA's records of its emissions standards. This means diesel vehicles should be converted to use LPG in a spark ignition engine, and the DVLA notified of the change.

We recommend using a UK LPG-approved installer. Our LoCITY programme has an up to date map showing LPG refuelling infrastructure in and around London.

See if you qualify for a discount or exemption

Questions about ULEZ?

If you need urgent advice about the ULEZ, or disagree with information supplied by our vehicle checker, you can make an enquiry and attach supporting evidence.

ULEZ boundary expansion

From October 2021 the ULEZ will expand to the North and South Circular Roads. All vans, minibuses etc  within the expanded zone will need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or pay a daily charge.

Find out more about this and other planned changes for the ULEZ and the Low Emission Zone from 2020.