The London Metropolitan Government has extended the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the northern and southern parts of the ring road. The expanded ULEZ is now 18 times the size of the original zone in central London.
The ULEZ was originally announced back in June 2018. A statement from Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office said that at 380 square kilometers, the zone now covers around a quarter of London’s urban area.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone is not a Zero Emission Zone, so internal combustion vehicles will still be allowed to drive in this area. Although there are certain conditions that have to be met. Petrol cars from the Euro4 emission standard introduced in 2005 and diesel cars from Euro6 introduced in 2015 are not affected. Electric Cars won’t be affected either.
Older vehicles must pay 12.50 pounds per day to enter the zone. Violators face fines of up to 160 pounds.
According to Mayor Khan, a lot of citizens have already made preparations: 87 per cent of cars entering the ULEZ zone now comply, compared to only 39 per cent when it was first announced in 2017.
“In central London, the ULEZ has already helped cut toxic roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by nearly half and led to reductions that are five times greater than the national average,” Khan said.
Furthermore, the rules for the Congestion Charge in the UK capital are being tightened.
Plug-in hybrids will no longer be exempt from the congestion charge, now only purely battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles are exempt.
The Congestion Charge is levied all year round between 7am and 10pm in addition to the ULEZ charge. This is currently £15 . BEVs and FCEVs are currently exempt from the Congestion Charge until 25 December 2025.
A representative of the Greater London Authority stated in advance of the measure, according to British media, that they would end the PHEV exemption “in recognition of this point that vehicles contribute to congestion and we want to encourage a shift to walking, cycling and public transport”.