The Ultra-Low Emissions Zone – What You Need to Know!

April 18, 2019

The new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) went live in central London on April 8, 2019. Mayor Sadiq Khan launched the ULEZ, the first in the world to run 24 hours all year round. The purpose of ULEZ is to reduce air pollution and improve the quality of air in the Capital. Vehicles using the ULEZ must comply with the new and stricter emission standards or pay a daily fee to use the Zone.


The primary objective of the ULEZ is to clean up London’s toxic air, which has been a prime cause for the premature deaths of several thousands of people annually. Air pollution has also been linked to several diseases including asthma, cardiovascular problems, dementia, stroke, and impaired lung development in children.

It is for this reason that the launch of ULEZ was fast-tracked by a year. The ULEZ will take the place of T-Charge (Toxicity Charge), which was being implemented earlier to reduce air pollution.

Per the T-Charge plan, older vehicles and vehicles with high emissions had to pay an extra charge for using the Congestion Charge (CC) zone.

The ULEZ has been implemented in the same region as the T-Charge, but the difference is that the ULEZ will work round-the-clock throughout the year.

Which Vehicles are Covered Under the ULEZ?

Coaches, buses, lorries, vans, motorbikes, cars and all other vehicles fall within the purview of the ULEZ. It is now mandatory for older vehicles and those emitting large amounts of toxic gases to pay the ULEZ charge.

Cars and vans with high-pollution emissions using the ULEZ are currently being charged at £12.50 per day. Pollution causing heavy-duty commercial vehicles, including coaches, buses and goods carriers are charged £100 on a daily basis.

To know if you will be charged for your vehicle, use this free vehicle checker. To know more about ULEZ locations, use this post code checker tool.

How to Identify ULEZ Areas?

There are road signs to alert you to areas covered by the ULEZ law. These road signs have been placed at the entrance of such areas. Advance warning signs have also been placed on major roads at a distance of half a mile from the ULEZ entrance, which should help you decide whether or not to take the route.

If you are entering a ULEZ-governed area, your number plate will be automatically read by a camera. Your vehicle number will then be compared with an existing database to check its emission compliance. If your vehicle does not meet the required emission standards, you’ll have to pay the charges.

How ULEZ is Expected to Help Tackle Air Pollution?

The ULEZ aims to minimise the use of vehicles with heavy toxic emissions in the most polluted parts of the City.

With the strict ULEZ policy in place, it is expected that users of polluting vehicles will be deterred from using their vehicles in high-pollution areas. Those users will either have to change to less-polluting vehicles or avoid the ULEZ-marked area altogether.

Going for cleaner vehicle alternatives such as an electric vehicle saves money in the long run. So, the public is expected to choose this option.

Many such clean air zones are in the pipeline to improve the quality of air and thereby the health and general well-being of people throughout the UK.

Carryway – Your Partner for Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Whether you want to comply with ULEZ standards or contribute to a cleaner UK with cleaner vehicles, Carryway can help.

From electric vehicles for last mile deliveries to zero emissions utility vehicles and zero emissions electric vehicles, we are your one-stop shop for smart, clean, eco-friendly vehicles for your business.

Our fleet of electric utility vehicles includes compact electric vans, shuttles and buggies. We are official dealers of Club Car, Esagono and Garia and offer a wide range of electric utility vehicles for purchase and hire. As official dealers of these brands, we offer the aftermarket back up and support our customers expect.

Contact the Carryway team today to discuss how we can help.

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