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What is ULEZ? ULEZ (short for Ultra Low Emission Zone) is an initiative designed to reduce CO2 pollution in London. In the ULEZ zone, owners of high polluting vehicles will be made to pay a daily charge to enter the zone.
Where is affected?

From 29 August 2023 onwards, ULEZ will expand to include all London Boroughs.
ULEZ previously covered areas within the North Circular (A406) and South Circular (A205) roads (but not these roads themselves) but the expansion will include most areas within the M25. It operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas Day.
ULEZ Charges Drivers of vehicles which are not exempt from ULEZ will need to pay a daily charge of £12.50 when entering ULEZ areas (i.e each day that you travel in the City).

There is a Scrappage Scheme currently in place, funded by the Mayor of London, providing financial support to those with Cars or Vans that are currently not ULEZ compliant. Eligible customers can receive up to £2,000 for scrapping a non-ULEZ compliant car or £7,000 for a Van.
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Which Vehicles are Exempt? The main exemption criteria is as follows:

Fully electric vehicles
Euro 3-compliant motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles
Euro 4-compliant petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
Euro 6-compliant diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
Euro 6-compliant lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles

At Gates Ford, there are a wide selection of Ford Cars and Vans available that are ULEZ compliant. Contact your local dealership today to find out more!

TFL Scrappage Scheme

The Transport for London (TFL) scrappage scheme is currently in operation and was introduced by the Mayor of London. This scheme aims to provide support to eligible Londoners who scrap polluting vehicles that do not meet the emission standards. The expansion of the ULEZ comes into effect on 29 August 2023.

If eligible, applicants can receive up to £2,000 for scrapping a Car and up to £9,500 for scrapping an eligible van and upgrading with an electric van such as the All-Electric Ford E-Transit.

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    Up to £2,000 for scrapping a car From 21st August 2023, eligible applicants can scrap their non-ULEZ-compliant car and receive up to £2,000 on the TFL Scrappage Scheme.
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    Up to £9,500 for scrapping a non compliant van with an Electric Van Available to Small Businesses and Sole Traders operating within ULEZ areas, you could receive up to £7,000 when scrapping a van, or up to £9,500 when scrapping a van for an Electric Van!
    TFL Scrappage Scheme
    Who is eligible? The criteria for the TFL Scrappage Scheme has been widened to anyone living within the 32 London Boroughs or the City of London with an eligible vehicle to scrap.
    Small businesses (with under 50 employees), Micro businesses (with up to 10 employees), sole traders and charities with registered London addresses can also apply for the ULEZ Van and Minibus Scrappage Scheme.
    Naturally, these grant payments are only applicable to those with non-ULEZ complaint vehicles.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here, we’ve answered some of the most common queries, but if you’d like more information, don’t hesitate to contact your local Gates dealership.

    What are the emission standards for ULEZ?

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    You’ll be exempt from ULEZ charges if you drive one of the following:

    • A 100% Electric Vehicle
    • Hybrid, Mild Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle
    • A Euro 4-compliant petrol car, van or minibus
    • A Euro 6-compliant diesel car, van or minibus
    • A Euro 6-compliant lorry, bus or coach

    Are electric vehicles exempt from ULEZ?

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    Absolutely, yes. You can find out more about the range of Ford Hybrid and Electric Vehicles available at Gates by clicking here.

    How can I check if my vehicle meets the ULEZ standards?

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    You can check to see if your Car or Van is ULEZ compliant by entering your details on the following vehicle checker on the Transport For London (TFL) website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle/.

    Do you sell any vehicles that are ULEZ compliant?

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    All Gates dealerships across Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater London stock a large selection of Ford Vehicles that meet the required standards. So you can be assured that, when entering ULEZ areas, you won't incur the daily charge of £12.50.

    Whether you are looking for a New Ford Car or New Ford Van, we can help you to source the right vehicle for you. Our dealerships also stock Gates Approved Used Cars and Vans that are ULEZ compliant.

    How can I avoid paying the ULEZ charge?

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    The best way to avoid paying the low emission charge is by driving a vehicle that is ULEZ-compliant, and meets the emission standards. A pure-electric car or a Hybrid Vehicle would be ideal solutions.

    Up until recently, if you did not need to visit London itself, you could bypass it by travelling on the North Circular or South Circular as neither were included within the ULEZ area. However, with the ULEZ expansion coming into effect from 29 August 2023, this won’t be possible as all London boroughs will be part of the ULEZ zone.

    Can I pay the ULEZ charge in advance?

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    Yes, you can pay up to 90 days in advance. More details can be found here.

    What happens if I drive into the ULEZ zone without paying?

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    ​If you’re not exempt, you’ll need to pay by midnight on the third day following your most recent journey. If you fail to pay on time, you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), which could be as much as £270.

    Are there any discounts or exemptions for ULEZ?

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    Yes, there are some discounts and exemptions, full details can be found by visiting: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/discounts-and-exemptions.

    What is the difference between ULEZ and the congestion charge?

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    ULEZ covers the whole of London - that's all 32 boroughs and the City; the Congestion Charge is applicable to Central London only.