Transport for London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
To help clean up London's air, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December). The zone currently covers all areas within the North and South Circular Roads. The North Circular (A406) and South Circular (A205) roads are not in the zone.
The ULEZ is expanding from 29 August 2023 across all London boroughs.
To see if your vehicle meets the standard, use TfL’s vehicle checker.
Or see which locations fall within the ULEZ zone with our postcode checker
If your vehicle doesn't meet the ULEZ emission standards and isn't exempt, you need to pay a £12.50 daily charge to drive inside the zone.
This applies to:
Cars, motorcycles, vans and specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes)
Lorries, vans or specialist heavy vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses, minibuses and coaches (over 5 tonnes) do not need to pay the ULEZ charge. They will need to pay the LEZ charge if they do not meet the LEZ emissions standard.
What are the standards?
We would prefer that you use a vehicle that meets the emissions standards rather than pay a daily charge.
Euro standards - which first appeared in 1992 - are a range of emissions controls that set limits for air polluting nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from engines. New vehicles and road vehicle engines must show that they meet these limits to be approved for sale.
The ULEZ standards are
- Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)
- Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
- Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
- Euro VI Lorries, vans or specialist heavy vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses, minibuses and coaches (over 5 tonnes) do not need to pay the ULEZ charge. They will need to pay the LEZ charge if they do not meet the LEZ emissions standard.
Euro 3 became mandatory for all new motorcycles in 2007
Vehicles need to meet the different emission standards for the ULEZ based on their vehicle type, and the type of emission. Euro 4 became mandatory for all new cars in 2005 and light vans in 2006
Euro 6 became mandatory for all new heavy duty engines for goods vehicles and buses from January 2014, September 2015 for cars and light vans, and September 2016 for larger vans up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
Find out more about ULEZ emission standards, daily charges and penalty charges, plus information on how to avoid having to pay the charge for:
- Cars (petrol and diesel)
- Vans, minibuses and lighter specialist vehicles
- Motorcycles, mopeds and more
- Lorries and larger vehicles
Your vehicle registration document will help identify your vehicle's Euro emission standard.