London Mayor Saqid Khan has announced plans to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone to cover the whole of London by 2023.

Following that news the big question that a lot of people will be asking is whether your vehicle meets standards and if you’ll have to pay.


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The zone in place to help improve the city’s air quality, which in turn aims to help the breathing quality and health of millions that call London home.

To help you out and save you a job we’ve broken down all you need to know so you don’t get caught out.

If no further action is taken to reduce air pollution beyond my existing policies:

🔴550,000 Londoners would develop diseases attributable to air pollution over the next 30 years

🔴The cost to the NHS & social care system is estimated to be £10.4B

We can, and we must, do more.

— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) March 4, 2022

Will I have to pay to drive in the ULEZ?

In order to avoid paying the charge, you need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards, meaning you must meet the required Euro emissions standards for your vehicle and emission type.

Those standards are:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)
  • 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

It’s also important to know that for newer vehicles, the Euro emission standard may be listed in section D.2 of your V5C.

Plus, lorries, vans and specialist heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and buses, minibuses and coaches over five tonnes do not need to pay the charge.

But they will need to pay the Low Emission Zone charge if they do not meet those standards.

You can also look at the TfL website which lets you enter your number plate and can check for you.