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Everything you need to know about Ultra Low Emissions Zone

You may need to update your van before 8th April 2019 to avoid paying the ULEZ charge of £12.50 per day. These charges apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replace the cost with a Euro 6.2 emission van. Finance lease a new van with Birchwood Ford Transit Centre and beat the charges! Get in touch with a friendly member of our team by phone or alternatively you can register your interest by pressing the links below. You can also use the below link to check if your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards.

What is ULEZ?

Like the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), the Ultra Low Emissions Zone covers an area of London that drivers to have to pay to travel within. Only those driving, as the name suggests, an ultra-low emission vehicle will be exempt.

Entering the ULEZ costs £12.50 and, unlike the current Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), the fee applies no matter what time you travel: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The ULEZ will expand in years to come, too.

At its inception on April 8 2019, the ULEZ will cover the same area as the current CCZ. It’s a relatively small patch in central London below Camden, cutting through Westminster, to the left of Tower Hamlets and above Southwark. It covers 8.1 square miles and makes up just 1.3 percent of Greater London.

However, the ULEZ will get bigger in October 2021, when the North and South Circular roads will serve as the new boundaries. While the CCZ stops just before Camden, for example, the ULEZ post-October 2021 will cut off part-way into Barnet.

On the Transport for London (TfL) website, it also states that; ‘If you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within this enlarged area you will need to meet new tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge’.

London ULEZ – which vehicles are affected?

Only petrol cars of or above Euro 4 emissions standard and diesel cars of or above Euro 6 emissions standard, are exempt from paying the ULEZ charge of £12.50 per day. It also applies to vans, minibuses, coaches, lorries and other heavy vehicles.

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than its age. Euro 4 became mandatory for all new cars in 2005, while Euro 6 was introduced for all cars and light vans from September 2015 (January 2014 for larger vehicles).


  • 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

Driving into the ULEZ

The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year including weekends and public holidays. It will cover the same area as the Congestion Charging Zone until 2021.

  • Entry signs at every boundary point will tell you when you're in the zone.
  • Advance information signs will appear on major roads around 0.5 miles from the boundary.
  • Alert signs will be in place before the ULEZ launches to show where it will operate from April 2019.The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year including weekends and public holidays. It will cover the same area as the Congestion Charging Zone until 2021.

What’s more, if you’re in the area when the Congestion Charge is applicable, the ULEZ charge is paid IN ADDITION to the C-Charge. The ULEZ charge does, however, completely replace the current Emissions Surcharge (T-Charge).