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ULEZ Government scrappage scheme – will it benefit you?

From 8th April 2019, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in central London. This means that most vehicles passing through the area will need to meet new requirements or pay a daily charge to travel within the area.

To help micro-businesses to prepare for the ULEZ, the Government will introduce a £23 million scrappage scheme to encourage them to switch to cleaner vehicles.

The scheme will help London’s micro-business owners (those who have fewer than 10 employees) who regularly travel into the ULEZ with vans which do not meet the new ULEZ standards.

Transport for London are reaching out to micro-business owners who will potentially benefit from the new scrappage scheme to hear their views. If you would like to take part in an interview with TfL, please get in touch by emailing with the subject ‘ULEZ’.

ULEZ standards

To comply with ULEZ, vehicles must meet the following emissions standards. These vary according to vehicle and fuel type.

• Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles

• Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles

• Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses, and other specialist vehicles

• Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches, and other specialist heavy vehicles

The ULEZ charge

From 8 April 2019, if a vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standard the driver will need to pay the following charge:

• £12.50 per day for cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)

• £100 per day for heavier vehicles, including lorries (more than 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (more than five tonnes)

This is on top of the Congestion Charge, where it applies.

What does the ULEZ hope to achieve?

Road transport is the biggest source of the emissions damaging health in London. The communities suffering most from poor air quality are often the most vulnerable, including the children of London. At least 360 primary schools are in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels.

Across the country, toxic air leads to 40,000 premature deaths annually, and increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia. This imposes a financial burden of £20 billion on the economy every year.

The ULEZ is being introduced as one of numerous ways in which Transport for London will reduce the harmful emissions generated by transport in the capital.

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