Is your business vehicle ULEZ compliant?
The Ultra Low Emission Zone is a fee charged to the most polluting vehicles in Central London within the specified area. The scheme is designed to improve London’s air quality, which means only vehicles that meet the latest emissions standards will avoid the charges.
Diesel vehicles must comply with Euro 6 standards while petrol vehicles need only meet Euro 4 standards. As a result businesses in the capital will be affected, and as more cities follow suit, businesses across the UK.
To improve the air quality within the capital, London’s ULEZ is due to expand in 2021. From the 25th of October next year, London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will extend to the North and South Circular roads, resulting in stricter emission standards for a wider area of the city.
96.2% of vans on the road are still powered by diesel. In London alone, the energy consumption for diesel light commercial vehicles (LCV) is 27 times higher than for petrol LCVs.
To turn London LCV CO₂ emissions into oxygen, we would need to have 39 million trees in the city. This would equal to almost five times the area that trees currently cover, surrounding the city as a Secondary Greenbelt.
Many businesses operating in London still use non-ULEZ compliant vehicles to operate daily. Certain boroughs where these businesses operate, will now have portions cut-off, or they will be divided in half by the North and South Circular zone boundary.
From October 25th 2021, ULEZ will be expanded to cover most of Greater London, extending between the North and South Circular roads.
Find out more about the new boundaries, times and charges below.
Read below for more information on whether your vehicle is ULEZ compliant, which vehicles are exempt and how to pay ULEZ.
It is crucial to ensure your business vehicle meets the new ULEZ standards, not only to preserve as much capital as possible, but also to improve air quality for everyone in busy cities.
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