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All you need to know about the Ultra Low Emission Zone

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has recently expanded so if you are travelling into London for business or pleasure, you may need to pay a daily charge should your vehicle not meet the latest emission standards. Below is a handy guide to help answer your questions with regards to your Ford vehicle and the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is an area in and around London where, in order to reduce emissions, vehicles need to meet certain standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) and is different to the Congestion Charge.

Why has the Ultra Low Emission Zone been introduced in London?

The main reason for introducing the ULEZ is to clean up London’s air by reducing toxic air pollution. It was first introduced in 2019 and then expanded in October 2021. By expanding the ULEZ area, the aim is to reduce harmful Nitrogen Dioxide by approximately 30% in London.

Where is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

From 25th October 2021, the Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded and as well as covering Central London, it now also includes all areas within the North and South Circular Roads. The map illustrates the exact area that is affected.

If your vehicle does not meet ULEZ standards, you will need to pay the daily charge, even if you are only making a short trip into the zone. Those who live within the zone will also be required to pay the charge when their vehicle is driven.

The daily charge for ULEZ is different to the congestion charge. If you drive within the congestion charge zone, you will need to pay this in addition to the ULEZ charge if your vehicle does not meet the necessary emission standards. The congestion charge area has not changed.

Ultra Low Emission Zone

About Emission standards

European Union regulations were first imposed in 1992 meaning that vehicles would have to meet certain emission standards when they are manufactured. This was brought in with the objective of improving air quality and reducing pollution, particularly harmful Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from exhaust emissions. Petrol and diesel engines are subject to separate standards because they produce different types of emissions.

With regards to driving in London, your vehicle will need to meet the following ULEZ standards, otherwise you will be required to pay the daily charge of £12.50 within the expanded zone:

  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles

You can find out if your current vehicle meets the required emissions standard here.



Transit Custom PHEV at Gates of St Albans

At your local Gates Ford dealerships in Essex, Hertfordshire and London, you’ll find a range of new cars and new vans that meet the latest ULEZ standards. So, if you are looking to upgrade your current vehicle, why not browse our range today?

More information regarding the Ultra Low Emission Zone can be found on the Transport for London website.