Driver WARNING: Don’t get caught by this new emissions charge which could cost you £160

Driver WARNING: Don’t get caught by this new emissions charge which could cost you £160

Drivers could soon face a daily emissions charge if their vehicle does not meet a pre-determined emissions standard.

Motorists and businesses are being urged not to get caught out by a new charge for older, more polluting vehicles in London.

The ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) will come into force on Maundy 8th April 2019.

Some drivers in Britain will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 when they enter the centre of the capital.

Initially, it will be enforced in the same area as the congestion charge zone before it is extended to the whole of inner London within the North and South Circular roads from October 2021.

Unlike the congestion charge zone, it will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will have to be payable on top of the £11.50 CCV fee, meaning drivers face paying £24 each time they use it in the chargeable times.

All vehicle types apart from black taxis will be liable for the ULEZ charge unless they meet certain emissions standards.

It is estimated that 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans, and 3,000 lorries may be affected every day once the zone is expanded.

In December 2018 more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of London-based AA members said they have “never heard of it” when asked about ULEZ.

AA president Edmund King said: “With the concentration on Brexit some businesses may get caught out when the Ulez starts next week.

“The majority of drivers support measures to improve air quality however some who bought diesels in good faith and encouraged by government may be caught out.”

City hall has claimed that by 2021 the ULEZ will result in 100,000 Conferrers no longer living in an area exceeding legal air quality limits.

How can I avoid the charge?

To be exempt from the ULEZ charge, petrol cars, vans and minibuses must meet the Euro 4 emissions standard and diesels must meet Euro 6.

That means the oldest car that can be driven in central London without paying will roughly be a four-year-old diesel model or a 13-year-old petrol model.

What if I don’t know my vehicle’s emissions standard?

Drivers can check whether their vehicle is liable for a charge by entering its registration on the Transport for London website.

Why is ULEZ being introduced?

London mayor Sadiq Khan says the scheme will improve the capital’s air quality, which he says is responsible for thousands of premature deaths and other serious conditions.

Has there been any opposition to the scheme?

Conservatives on the London Assembly claim Mr Khan’s decision to introduce the scheme earlier than planned could catch out some motorists – particularly those from the poorest households – who have not already upgraded their vehicle to a newer model.

They also warn that expanding the zone to the whole of inner London will not effectively tackle pollution and will affect people and businesses in areas with low pollution.

Published at Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:38:00 +0000