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Ultra Low Emission Zone

Ultra Low Emission Zone

Posted on 27th March 2019 at 02:32 PM

Are you aware that, as of 8th April 2019, entering the new ‘ULEZ’ area in London will cost you a daily rate if your vehicles do not comply with exhaust emissions standards?

Are you going to be caught in the ‘ULEZ - U LOSE’ trap?

ULEZ is coming

In an effort to improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019 covering the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ). All vehicles (including cars and vans) will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or be liable for a daily charge to drive within the ULEZ area. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will replace the current T-Charge from 8 April 2019 and the daily charge runs from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

The ULEZ daily charge from 8 April 2019. It will be (per day):

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
  • £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)

The ULEZ charge will be in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge and will replace the T-Charge.


Check here to see if any of your current vehicles are affected?
See the emissions standards, daily charges and penalties for the following four vehicle groups:

Check if any of your vehicles are liable for the new ULEZ-charge using the ULEZ Vehicle Number Plate (VRM) checker.

If your vehicle is listed as liable there are ways to avoid the charge and/or meet the standards.
A change from LEZ standards
If you drive a lorry, van, bus, minibus or other specialist vehicle and it currently meets the Low Emission Zone emissions standards, it may not meet the new LEZ standards.
From 26 October 2020 the emission standards for the LEZ will change.
The LEZ standard does not apply to cars or motorcycles.

London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ)

Phase 1 – from April 8th 2019

Phase 2 – October 25th 2021

From the above diagrams it is clear that doing business in the greater London area in the not too distant future will carry significant increases in cost of transport/delivery of goods/services. These charges can be negated by using vehicles that are fitted with the correct, emissions-compliant engines as stated above.

PLANET LEASING can assist you with this process of upgrading your fleet.

PLANET LEASING can offer market-leading pricing on any car, van or pick-up. We offer a variety of financial products guaranteed to suit your preferred business model; from contract hire to finance lease to contract purchase, we will tailor a deal that could possibly, not only negate the new charges, but could possibly even save you money on your current monthly spend. Why wouldn’t you give us the opportunity to quote…?

PLANET LEASING can also organise for your existing vehicles to be traded in which could off-set the deposit or initial rental of your new vehicle.*

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