Recent data shows that two million Londoners are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution, and in an attempt to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels, mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced a stricter charge for polluting vehicles entering the city centre.
In effect from 8 April 2019, the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) covers the same area as the Congestion Charge, but imposes stricter penalties on diesel vehicles, which are the primary source of NO2. These charges must be paid in addition to the Congestion Charge.
Diesel cars registered before September 2015 are highly likely to be subject to the charge, as are petrol models registered before 2005. When it comes to vans, diesels registered before September 2016 and petrol models registered before January 2006 will also be affected. If you need to find out whether you are eligible for the charge, get in touch with your local Gates dealership today. The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight and is in effect every day of the year, including weekends and public holidays.
Some temporary exemptions and discounts are available for London licensed taxis, Blue Badge holders, and certain residents living within the Congestion Charge Zone. You can find out more about exemptions on the TFL website.
Expanding the ULEZ
From 25 October 2021, the area covered by the ULEZ charge will expand to the inner London zone bounded by the North and South Circular roads. As such, it’s vital for those living and working in this area to invest in a compliant vehicle in order to avoid an annual outlay of several thousand pounds.
At Gates, we’ll be happy to help you choose an affordable, compliant vehicle. Simply contact us for further details.