Drivers of practically 700,000 automobiles in Larger London might be liable to pay the ULEZ cost when the zone is expanded this summer season.
In keeping with a freedom of knowledge request made by the RAC, as of February 2023, 691,559 automobiles shall be non-compliant as a result of they’re both petrol automobiles first registered previous to January 2006 or diesel automobiles 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.
Nonetheless, the variety of drivers affected as soon as the zone grows is more likely to be far larger when taking into consideration automobiles getting into from bordering counties reminiscent of Kent, Hertfordshire and Essex.
Transport for London (TfL) estimates that round 160,000 non-compliant automobiles a day presently drive within the space that can turn into a part of the expanded zone later this summer season.
Drivers of affected automobiles who don’t pay the £12.50 each day cost will a high-quality of as much as £160.
To assist mitigate the affect on drivers and companies the Mayor of London has launched a £110m scrappage scheme which gives these eligible as much as £2,000 in the direction of shopping for a compliant automobile.
“Cleansing up London’s air ought to undoubtedly be a precedence, however the sheer variety of automobiles that don’t meet ULEZ emissions requirements in Larger London suggests there shall be an enormous monetary affect on motorists and companies via having to fork out £12.50 on daily basis they drive within the zone,” mentioned RAC head of roads coverage Nicholas Lyes.
“Altering to a compliant automobile at such brief 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 automobile is ULEZ-compliant?
A petroleum automobile registered pre-2006 is unlikely to satisfy the minimal Euro 4 emissions requirements, whereas diesel automobiles 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 seek out out if they should pay or not. In the event that they suppose the checker is wrong, they need to contact their automobile’s producer to achieve proof of its Euro emissions commonplace which they’ll then use to problem TfL.
Euro emissions requirements have been launched within the Nineteen Nineties to restrict the extent of pollution emitted from a automobile’s exhaust and have turn into stricter during the last 20 years for each petrol and diesel automobiles.
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.