April 8 2019 will see the start of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), in a move which is likely to increase costs for many commercial vehicle operators and drivers of cars which are four or more years old.
Are any other cities affected?
The new ULEZ charge will initially apply to the central London Congestion Charge Zone only, however this will expand to other areas of London in due course.
Whilst it’s not yet clear exactly how many other cities are likely to follow suit, by the end of 2020 there could be as many as 27 Clean Air Zones around Britain, all using a variety of restrictions and charges to limit the use of heavy polluting vehicles.
Round the clock charging
Unlike the current Congestion Charge or T-Charge, the new ULEZ is enforceable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other cities may also choose to adopt a variety of punitive methods such as parking surcharges or peak-period charging.
How much will it cost?
For London, there will be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. This will be in addition to the existing Congestion Charge, meaning that the more polluting cars and vans will pay £24 per day, whilst lorries will fork out £111.50 at peak times.
Which vehicles are affected?
Any diesel vehicle which fails to meet Euro 6 standards, as well as the majority of petrol vehicles that fall below Euro 4, will be subject to the new charges in London. Other cities are expected to mirror this approach.