London Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed that from April 2019, the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into force – and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This follows the start of the T-Charge last month, which operated alongside the Congestion Charge.
What are the changes and when will they apply?
From April 2019, the ULEZ will replace the T-Charge and operate in the same zone, alongside the Congestion Charge – but unlike the CC, it will be enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Cars will be forced to pay £12.50 a day, while lorries, buses and coaches will be charged £100. These will be in addition to the current CC charges.
Critics have claimed poor drivers will simply be priced off the roads, while affluent drivers will be able to enjoy the benefits of clearer roads.
How much will I have to pay?
Putting this in numbers, drivers with older cars, will be made to pay £24 per day, with lorries billed £111.50 to drive in the capital during CC hours.
It’s reported the ULEZ will hit up to 60,000 vehicles a day, while the current T-Charge is paid by around 6,500.
Who will need to pay the new ULEZ charge?
The charge will have to be paid by all diesel cars that do not reach Euro 6 standards. The same will apply to most petrol engines that fail to comply with Euro 4.
Typically, a four-year-old or newer diesel will meet the Euro 6 standard in 2019. Older vehicles, whose owners may be less well off, will have to pay up to £24 per day to drive in London.
Khan is not finished, though, the Mayor also has plans to extend the ULEZ to the North and South Circular roads in 2021.
Any help for drivers of older cars?
The Mayor has also called on the Government to put in place a national vehicle scrappage scheme to help people replace vehicles affected by the changes.
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