Drivers of practically 700,000 vehicles in Larger London might be liable to pay the ULEZ cost when the zone is expanded this summer time.
Based on a freedom of knowledge request made by the RAC, as of February 2023, 691,559 vehicles might be non-compliant as a result of they’re both petrol autos first registered previous to January 2006 or diesel vehicles registered previous to September 2015 – the important thing dates for assembly ULEZ requirements.
As issues stand, after August when the Extremely-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expands, they might be liable to pay the £12.50 each day cost.
Nevertheless, the variety of drivers affected as soon as the zone grows is prone to be far increased when bearing in mind autos getting into from bordering counties reminiscent of Kent, Hertfordshire and Essex.
Transport for London (TfL) estimates that round 160,000 non-compliant vehicles a day at present drive within the space that can grow to be a part of the expanded zone later this summer time.
Drivers of affected autos who don’t pay the £12.50 each day cost will a advantageous of as much as £160.
To assist mitigate the influence on drivers and companies the Mayor of London has launched a £110m scrappage scheme which provides these eligible as much as £2,000 in the direction of shopping for a compliant car.
“Cleansing up London’s air ought to undoubtedly be a precedence, however the sheer variety of autos that don’t meet ULEZ emissions requirements in Larger London suggests there might be an enormous monetary influence on motorists and companies by means of having to fork out £12.50 day-after-day they drive within the zone,” stated RAC head of roads coverage Nicholas Lyes.
“Altering to a compliant car at such quick discover merely received’t be one thing many will be capable to afford, particularly throughout a cost-of-living disaster and at a time when second-hand automobile costs are so excessive.”
How do drivers discover out if their car is ULEZ-compliant?
A petroleum automobile registered pre-2006 is unlikely to satisfy the minimal Euro 4 emissions requirements, whereas diesel vehicles first registered previous to September 2015 will most likely not meet the Euro 6 requirements which suggests they would wish to pay the ULEZ cost.
Drivers ought to use TfL’s vehicle checker to search out out if they should pay or not. In the event that they assume the checker is inaccurate, they need to contact their car’s producer to achieve proof of its Euro emissions commonplace which they will then use to problem TfL.
Euro emissions requirements had been launched within the Nineties to restrict the extent of pollution emitted from a car’s exhaust and have grow to be stricter during the last 20 years for each petrol and diesel autos.
The unique ULEZ scheme was launched in April 2019 to cowl central London earlier than being expanded to the North/South Round boundaries in October 2021.