MOTORISTS face a £12.50 charge driving anywhere in London after the Mayor announced an expansion of the ULEZ.
Sadiq Khans Ultra Low Emission Zone The extension means road users who don’t comply with emissions standards will have to pay a daily fee – and drivers are furious.
Older vehicles, including motorcycles, that do not meet the stricter emissions standards will be assessed a fee of £12.50 per day when used in the ULEZ.
Mr Khan said: “Challenges from pollution, a climate emergency and congestion mean we must continue to reduce emissions from vehicles in London.”
The ULEZ was levied on petrol and diesel vehicles entering London’s North and South Circular Roads in October 2021.
But now it is to be extended to all districts of the capital.
The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year – except on Christmas Day on December 25th.
To avoid the fee, diesel vehicles must have been registered after September 2015.
Most petrol models registered from 2005 onwards are also exempt.
Failure to pay will result in a fine of £160 for cars, vans and motorbikes.
This reduces to £80 if paid within 14 days.
This is in addition to any applicable congestion charges.
Transport for London is erecting hundreds of signs warning motorists they are about to enter the ULEZ.
There are currently around 1,000 congestion charge cameras, but for the ULEZ there will be 18 times that number.
Cameras read license plates and check if the vehicle meets ULEZ standards.
By charging £12.50 a day, TfL will raise between £700m and £1.5bn in need of cash.
Whether or not a vehicle is subject to a charge depends on how much nitrogen dioxide it emits.
NO2 damages the lungs and can aggravate existing conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease.
Mr Khan said there was “still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the lungs of young Londoners”.
He said this results in thousands of deaths every year.
Harrow East Conservative MP Bob Blackman said: “This is yet another attack on motorists.
“The expansion to North and South Circulars has yet to be evaluated for its impact on poorer people who have to commute to work.”
How can I check if my vehicle is affected by ULEZ?
You can check if your vehicle meets the low emission standards by taking a look the Transport for London website.
Can I get an exemption?
Vehicles registered with a tax bracket for disabled or disabled passengers will be given a grace period after the start of the ULEZ.
They are exempt until October 26, 2025, provided their vehicle does not change tax class.
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