As the London ULEZ expands to almost 20 times its current size, tens of thousands of motorists will be faced with a choice between paying the charge or scrapping their vehicle in favour of a more environmentally friendly motor. However, even the ‘cleaner vehicles’ will be charged fines in years to come.
On Monday October 25, London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to cover an area of London 18 times larger than its current state.
However, proposed changes to the ULEZ rules mean in a few years, even electric car drivers will have to pay the daily charge.
Fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles are currently exempt from paying the ULEZ charge as they enjoy the ‘Cleaner Vehicle Discount’.
This 100 percent discount applies to all motors meeting Euro 6 emission standards.
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However, from December 25, 2025 the cleaner vehicle discount will be scrapped, meaning all drivers will have to pay the daily charge in the capital.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has widened the ULEZ zone so it will now stretch from the North Circular to the South Circular, but the ULEZ plan was first proposed by Boris Johnson during his tenure as London Mayor.
Estimates say there are 138,000 non-compliant vehicles registered within the new ULEZ area.
The ULEZ expansion means drivers of the “most pollutant” vehicles will have to pay a £12.50 daily charge for driving within London’s ULEZ.
For any non-compliant vehicles driving in areas where the ULEZ and congestion charge apply will have to pay both, totalling £27.50.
The ULEZ charge applies 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, with the only exception being Christmas Day.
Which vehicles are affected by ULEZ?
Vehicles being slapped with the ULEZ charge are older petrol and diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standard.
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Generally, newer petrol cars meet the ULEZ standards. Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after September 2015.
You can check whether your vehicle is compliant by entering the number plate to Transport for London’s online vehicle checker tool.
How do you pay ULEZ?
You can pay a ULEZ charge online, or if you frequently drive a non-compliant car within the ULEZ you can set up an automatic payment.
If you don’t pay the ULEZ charge, you can be fined up to £160.