The new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is now in effect, which currently is over 18 times its original size now including Greenwich, Lewisham, Brent, Haringey, Waltham Forest, and Newham covering 3.8 million people. The aim of this expansion is to increase the air quality thus improving the health of residents.
The expansion of the ULEZ area will help to reduce the overall emissions to decrease London's impact on climate change.
Heavy diesel vans, minibuses, buses, coaches, lorries and other specialist vehicles are also subject to London-wide Low Emission Zone standards. From 1 st March 2021, Euro VI (NOx and PM) standards for buses, coaches and minibuses (over 5 tonne GVW) and vans, lorries and specialist heavy vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes GVW) were implemented in the London-Wide Low Emission Zone.
Despite recent improvements in air quality, toxic air pollution in London remains the biggest environmental risk to the health of all Londoners. It harms our lungs worsens, chronic illnesses such as asthma, lung and heart disease, and puts the health of our children at risk.
Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas across the city still exceeding the legal limits for pollution. Pollution levels are now returning to pre-pandemic levels across the Capital.
Traffic emissions are the biggest source of poor air quality. The world's first 24-hour Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was implemented in central London in April 2019 and has seen the number of vehicles meeting the tough emission standards rise from 39% in February 2017* to more than 80%. It has also had a transformational impact on air pollution, contributing to a 44% reduction in roadside nitrogen dioxide within its boundaries. That's why The Mayor of London and TfL are helping to improve air quality across the Capital, by making our transport greener and expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
The ULEZ has no barriers or toll booths. Instead, cameras read your number plate as you drive within the zone and check it against our database of UK-registered and non-UK registered vehicles. This shows whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards, is exempt, is registered for a discount, or if you have already paid the daily charge.
If you are parked but don’t drive, you don’t need to pay the ULEZ charge. However, even if you make a short trip using a vehicle that doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards you need to pay the daily change.