What is the Ultra-Low emission zone and will I be affected?

The ULEZ will expand across the whole of London in 2023, here are all your questions answered. <i>(Image: PA)</i>
The ULEZ will expand across the whole of London in 2023, here are all your questions answered. (Image: PA)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) would be expanding in 2023.

Following the news, many have been asking what the new zone is and if they will be affected.

READ MORE: Sadiq Khan confirms plans to expand the ULEZ to the whole of London from next year

To save you some time, we’ve broken down everything you need to know from what it is to how much it will cost you.

Take a look at all the questions we’ve answered so you can make sure you won’t get caught out by a fine.

News Shopper:  The ULEZ will expand across the whole of London in 2023, here are all your questions answered.
News Shopper: The ULEZ will expand across the whole of London in 2023, here are all your questions answered.

The ULEZ will expand across the whole of London in 2023, here are all your questions answered. (Image: PA)

What is the ULEZ?

The ULEZ expansion is an area in London where it is required to pay a charge for driving in a vehicle that does not comply with minimum emissions standards.

Those that do not meet the standards are then charged a daily fee of £12.50 for entering the area.

Whether or not a vehicle is liable for the charge depends on how much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) it emits.

Why was the ULEZ created?

The zone was created back in April 2019 when it was first launched with the aim to help clean up London’s air quality.

It comes after an estimated 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year from conditions related to air pollution.

How does the ULEZ help London?

Plans were created for the ULEZ to not only help improve London’s air but to encourage drivers to stop using the most polluting vehicles by charging them a daily fee for entering the zone.

How much do I have to pay in the ULEZ?

The ULEZ charge for vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards is £12.50 for cars, smaller vans, motorbikes, and other lighter vehicles.

The fee for non-compliant larger vehicles such as lorries, buses and coaches are £100 under the low emission zone scheme.

How can I avoid paying the ULEZ fee?

You can avoid paying the fee by ensuring your vehicle meets the minimum emissions standard.

Whilst petrol cars can avoid the charge if they were first registered after 2005.

Plus, diesel cars registered after September 2015 are also exempt from the charge.

When does the ULEZ operate?

The zone is in place all day every day, apart from Christmas Day when it is free.

When do I need to pay the ULEZ charge?

If you have driven into the zone, you have until midnight on the third day following the journey.

What happens if I do not pay the ULEZ charge?

If you do not pay for the charge, it could result in a penalty charge notice of £160, reduced to £80 for early payment.

You can find out more information via the TfL website.