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Will London's Ultra-low Emission Zone affect my business?

As of Monday 8 April 2019, an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) has been introduced in the conjestion zone in London. [See Map 1 courtesy of Transport for London.]  It will be extended to cover the whole of inner London, within the North and South Circular roads, from 25 October 2021. [Click link for Map 2; this will take you to Transport for London.] 

There is an immediate cost for all vehicles, including motorbikes, unless they meet emissions standards. The ULEZ will cost £12.50 for most vehicle types. This is on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge that is already in place. The charge operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. There are no barriers or toll booths; cameras will read number plates and check if the vehicle meets the ULEZ standards.

Generally, pre-2015 diesel and pre-2006 petrol vehicles will breach the new standards but the ULEZ charges will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than its age.

Map 1

What are the actual emissions standards my vehicle has to meet?

Petrol cars must meet the Euro 4 standard on emissions whilst motorcyles and mopeds must meet the Euro 3 standard.


  • Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)
  • Larger vans, 4x4 light utility vehicles, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to an including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
  • Minibuses (more than 8 passengers, not over 5 tonnes)

Minimum emission standards

  • Petrol: Euro 4
  • Diesel: Euro 5

All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard. All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet Euro 4 standard. But it is your responsibilty to check. We recently sold a 2017 Ford Fiesta Diesel Derived van to a company whose employee would be travelling into the ULEZ. They owned a 2016 Ford Fiesta Diesel Derived van and that did not meet the new standards. The van was registered in June 2016, only just missing out on meeting the standard!

The Transport for London website suggests that they are working with the top UK van manufacturers and leasing companies to offer affordable deals on vehicles that meet the emissions standards.

As rental companies renew their two to three-year-old fleets, there are more used Euro 6 vans coming to market. But as a retailer of used, quality Light Commercial Vehicles we have noticed an increase in the cost of these vehicles. As the market settles the customer needs to understand that the cost of a used van may be slightly higher than they are used to as the supply is not currently keeping up with the demand.

If you are travelling into the ULEZ, Monday to Friday, with a non-Euro 6 van then the charge for the week will be £120; this is including the current congestion charge of £11.50 per day. Although not all our customers will require a vehicle that will allow them to travel within the congestion zone, we are mindful when procuring stock that the ULEZ has come into force.