London’s extended Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has gone live today (29 August).
The scheme aims to cut air pollution by charging drivers £12.50 per day for older, polluting vehicles. The ULEZ previously covered an area between the North and South Circular roads but has been extended to outer boroughs.
The Mayor of London has recently expanded the scheme offering grants of up to £2000 towards the cost of replacing a vehicle that doesn’t comply. Previously only available to Londoners receiving certain benefits, Sadiq Khan has now pledged another £50 million to widen its eligibility. Small businesses will be able to receive £7000 to scrap a non-eligible van (with a limit of three vans per company), with the grant for minibuses rising from £7000 to £9000. The £5000 grant for replacing Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles has been doubled to £10,000.
Check vehicle emissions standards: Check your vehicle (tfl.gov.uk)
See the BVRLA’s Clean Air Zones page with information on the UK’s Clean Air and Low Emission Zones.