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ULEZ Standards

Is my business vehicle ULEZ compliant?

The new ULEZ Standards for 2021

In an effort 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 expand to the North and South Circular roads, meaning stricter emission standards for a wider area of the city.

ULEZ standards are based on the existing Euro standards, meaning you can easily check what emission standards your business vehicle meets, based on its manufacturer declared emissions. Your vehicle must meet the Euro 6 diesel standard, or the Euro 4 petrol standard to be exempt from ULEZ charges.

Euro standards for business cars and LCVs below 3.5t

The Euro criteria for cars and vehicles below 3.5 tonnes gross weight are as follows:

 

Manufacture Date

ULEZ Standard

Euro 4

Standard for all cars manufactured on or after January 2006

Euro 4 petrol standard is the minimum for petrol engine vehicles below 3.5t to be ULEZ compliant

Euro 5

Standard for all cars manufactured on or after January 2011

 

Euro 6

Cars produced on or after September 2016

Euro 6 diesel standard is the minimum for diesel engine vehicles below 3.5t to be ULEZ compliant

Euro 6d-TEMP

New cars must meet real-world testing limits from September 2019

 

Euro 6d

Tougher real-world testing limits are mandatory for new cars from January 2022

Diesel cars meeting this standard are exempt from the 4% company car tax.

 

Euro standards for lorries, coaches and buses

Heavier vehicles with a gross weight above 3.5 tonnes and heavy-duty diesel engines, also have to adhere to the stricter emission standards:

 

Manufacture Date

ULEZ Standard

Euro IV

Standard for heavy-duty diesel engines since October 2005

Not meeting ULEZ standard for heavy-duty vehicles

Euro V

Standard for heavy-duty diesel engines since October 2008

Euro VI

Standard for heavy-duty diesel engines produced on or after December 2012

Minimum standard required for all heavy-duty diesel engine vehicles

 

Most popular ULEZ compliant vans and LCVs

If your business vehicle does not meet ULEZ standards, you may want to consider switching to a Euro 4 compliant petrol or Euro 6 diesel vehicle. Here are the most popular ULEZ compliant vans and LCVs in 2020:

  • Ford Transit Custom
  • Volkswagen Transporter
  • Vauxhall Vivaro
  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Peugeot Partner
  • Volkswagen Caddy
  • Renault Trafic
  • Vauxhall Combo
  • Mitsubishi L200

 

Still unsure about your vehicle meeting ULEZ standards?

If you want to find out even more about which vehicles are exempt from ULEZ charges, you can visit our helpful page below. You can also visit the Transport for London website and use the number plate check to find out which emission standards your business vehicle meets.

Go electric to meet ULEZ standards and save in the long run

As cities strive for cleaner air and manufacturers are committed to making EVs better, the UK Government has introduced grants for ultra low emission vehicles. If you choose to go electric, you will save on company car tax, skip congestion charge and ULEZ payments, as well as save money on fuel.

How Lombard could help

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We offer flexibility on the cost of your deposit, regular monthly payments and the final lump sum. 

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