London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone update

Following a consultation that took place earlier this year. the Mayor of London has decided to expand London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). It will apply London-wide from 29 August 2023.

To support the ULEZ expansion, the Mayor has announced that he is funding a £110m scrappage scheme for those on lower incomes, disabled Londoners, charities, micro businesses and sole traders. The scheme will open on 30 January 2023, but the website has already been updated with some details on what the scheme will look like and who will be eligible to apply.

In addition to ULEZ expansion, Transport for London (TfL) also consulted on changing the way Auto Pay works, increasing the level of the penalty charge for non-payment of the ULEZ and the Congestion Charge. TfL has asked for views on the possible future of road user charging, as well as a revision to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

The Mayor has also decided to:

  • Remove the annual £10 per vehicle Auto Pay registration fee to make it easier for people with non-compliant vehicles to pay the charge and avoid unnecessary penalty charges
  • Increase the penalty charge notice for non-payment of the ULEZ and Congestion Charges from £160 to £180 (or £90 if paid within 14 days) to ensure it remains an effective deterrent.

The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, midnight to midnight, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December).

More information on the ULEZ expansion on the Transport for London website.

Transport for London’s vehicle checker.