Today (April 8) sees the launch of the capital’s new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge, which is aimed at reducing air pollution in the city. Charges apply to most diesel cars that are over four years old and most vans over three years old. Drivers will be charged £12.50 when they enter the ULEZ 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The charge is added on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge in Central London.

Check whether you are liable to the charge here
Check the ULEZ map here

There is no discount for small businesses. However, a £23million scrappage scheme has been made available for small businesses to switch to ULEZ-compliant vehicles. For more information, go to: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/scrappage-scheme

You can pay the charge by registering for auto pay (with an additional £10 admin charge per vehicle) via the TfL website, using the TfL app or paying by phone (0343 222 2222). Drivers caught using the zone without having paid the charge will be fined £160. This fine is reduced to £80 if you pay within 14 days.

Commenting, TFL said: “These pollutants [emitted by old cars] make chronic illnesses worse, shorten life expectancy and can damage lung development. The communities suffering most from poor air quality are often the most vulnerable, including the children of London. At least 360 primary schools are in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels.”

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