In March 2015, it was confirmed that the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London would start in September 2020. The ULEZ will cover the same area as the existing Congestion Charging Zone, will apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year and requires all vehicles that do not meet a NOx emission standard to pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.
Full details of the currently agreed ULEZ are available at tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving-ultra-low-emission-zone.
The current administration is now proposing to introduce the ULEZ in central London on 8 April 2019, to reduce overall exposure to air pollution and bring forward the health benefits to Londoners. This is approximately 17 months earlier than the currently approved date of 7 September 2020.
A consultation in respect of their proposal to introduce the ULEZ in central London early, in April 2019 rather than September 2020; proposed changes to the sunset periods; and the proposal to introduce a new PM standard for diesel vehicles in 2019 closed on 25 June 2017 and we will update you once we have heard the outcome.
If you would like further information, please contact a member of the regulatory team on 01254 828300.