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London’s ULEZ expansion gets the green light

Following months of consultations, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is to be expanded to cover all areas of London. But what does this mean for drivers who regularly travel to the capital? Our latest article investigates…

Also known as the Congestion Zone, the ULEZ is set to grow to operate across all London boroughs, up to the current Low Emission Zone (LEZ) boundary (the majority of the area inside the M25) from 29th August 2023, with disabled drivers being given a grace period until 2027.

The ULEZ has already been successful in creating cleaner air in central London, helping to reduce roadside pollution levels by 44%. Khan believes that more than five million more Londoners will benefit from cleaner air as a result of the new area being included in the ULEZ.

Vehicles must meet strict emission standards to drive in the ULEZ area:

  • Euro 4 for petrol cars and vans
  • Euro 6 for diesel cars and vans
  • Euro 3 for motorcycles and mopeds

Vehicles that do not meet the standards must pay the £12.50 daily charge, and TfL is increasing the penalty charge to £180 (reduced to £90 if paid within 14 days) for those who fail to pay.

Preparing for change

As well as promoting cleaner air, it’s also hoped the new ULEZ parameters will further drive the switch to greener forms of transport. This includes public transport but also encourages drivers to switch to electric vehicles or ICE/hybrid vehicles that meet the above emissions standards.

The government has acknowledged the expense of changing vehicles – especially during the current cost-of-living crisis – and has also announced a new £110m scrappage scheme to support Londoners on lower incomes, disabled Londoners, charities and small businesses and sole traders. The scheme opened for applications on 30th January 2023.

We’re here to help

If you live in or regularly travel to London, our Johnsons team members are here to help you get ready for the ULEZ expansion. We can help you find a new lower-emission vehicle to ensure you meet the requirements of this new area.

Remember that although electric and hybrid vehicles are generally more expensive to buy than their petrol and diesel counterparts, this is largely offset by their lower running costs. Going electric can also significantly reduce the cost of commuting in the capital. View our electric and hybrid range here.

We’re also here to support small businesses who rely on vans for deliveries in the capital. A popular option is the Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van, which features geofencing technology that detects when the van enters a low-emission zone and automatically switches to the electric-only drive mode.

Contact us today

So, if you’re considering making your next motor an electrified one, why not pop into one of our Johnsons dealerships to discuss your needs further?

Our friendly team can talk you through the benefits of EVs and hybrids in more detail and can arrange test drives of your favourite models.