Changes are coming to London's ULEZ and Congestion Charge Zones

30th Sep 2021

Are you aware of the changes happening to London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), Congestion Charge zone and the Cleaner Vehicle Discount (CVD) on the 25th October? 

A little under a month from now, only fully electric/hydrogen powered cars will be exempt from paying a fee to enter London’s Congestion Charge zone. At the same time London's ULEZ zone expanding to include most of the city.

For the Congestion Charge, currently only vehicles that meet Euro 6 standards (petrol and diesel), that emit no more than 75g/km of CO2 and have a minimum 20-mile zero emission capable range qualify for the 100% CVD. But from the 25th October this changes and only pure electric or hydrogen fuelled vehicles will qualify.

Traveling through London

There are two zones in London where charges can currently be applied, those being the Congestion Charge Zone and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).


Congestion Charge and the Cleaner Vehicle Discount (CVD)

The Congestion Charge Zone: The Congestion Charge is a £15 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone and operates 07:00-22:00 every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December). The charge is paid on all vehicles entering the centre of London (take a look at the zone map here) unless they are eligible for 100% cleaner vehicle discount (CVD).

Currently, only vehicles that meet Euro 6 standards (petrol and diesel), that emit no more than 75g/km of CO2 and have a minimum 20 mile zero emission capable range will qualify for the 100% cleaner vehicle discount. More information on the CVD can be found on the Transport for London website here.

From 25 October 2021, only pure electric or hydrogen vehicles will be eligible for the CVD and all other vehicles, regardless of their emissions status will be required to pay the Congestion Charge. 

From 25 December 2025, the CVD scheme expires, and all vehicle types will have to pay the Congestion Charge.



London’s ULEZ Expansion 

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December). This zone currently covers the same area as the Congestion Charge and is charged at £12.50. From the 25th October 2021 the zone will expand to include most of the city (take a look at a map of the expansion here).

This expansion includes:

  • Euro VI/6 for all diesel-engined HGVs, buses, coaches, vans and cars.
  • Euro 4 for all petrol-engined vans and cars.
  • Euro 3 for motorbikes

The ULEZ charges are outlined as:
HGVs Euro 4 & 5: £100, HGVs Euro 3 and older: £300, Vans and cars: £12.50.

More information on the ULEZ can be found on the Transport for London website here.


Elsewhere across the UK

Take a look at our other article about all the current and upcoming updates to all planned Clean Air Zones (CAZ’s) and charges across the UK.


Get in touch

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