The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

From 8 April 2019, City Hall’s new ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ (ULEZ) will come into effect. We support this and the Mayor of London’s efforts to clean up London’s air and improve health and quality of life, for everyone in Southwark.

The ULEZ will cover the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone and will apply 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Vehicles driven inside the ULEZ must be manufactured to modern exhaust emission standards, or pay the daily charge of £12.50, in addition to any congestion charge. The vehicle standards are:

  • Moped and motorcycles Euro 3
  • Petrol cars Euro 4
  • Diesel cars Euro 6, and
  • Diesel vans and lorries / HGVs Euro VI

To check if your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards, the GLA web site has an online vehicle registration number checker which will tell you if your vehicle complies.

People who live inside the ULEZ can apply for a discount on the charge up until 24 October 2021 (100% for residents with Congestion Charge discount, 90% for others).

The Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help micro-businesses and charities that own up to three pre-Euro 6 light vans, or charity-owned minibuses that don’t meet the ULEZ standards. The Mayor’s vehicle scrappage scheme can award up to £3,500 assistance to purchase a ULEZ-compliant replacement vehicle, or up to £6,000 if the replacement is an electric vehicle.                                      

On 25 October 2021, the ULEZ will extend to the South Circular Road (A205).

Page last updated: 12 April 2019

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