The first Ultra-Low Emission Zone in the world to tackle air pollution is finally here. In fact, It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the congestion zone.

In November 2017, the Toxicity charge had been introduced in Central London to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport instead of travelling in older more polluting vehicles. This was introduced to prepare for the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is going to be issued from April 2019 in the same area. To explain, the Ultra-Low Emission Zone will replace the Toxicity Charge and operate in the same area, alongside the congestion charge. However, unlike the Toxicity Charge the Ultra-Low Emissions charge will operate 24 hours a day, all year round.

The charges are split into two categories depending on what vehicle you have. It will be £12.50 a day for vans, cars and motorbikes, and £100 a day for lorries, coaches and larger vehicles. These costs will be in addition to the congestion charges if the vehicle is travelling through them specific times!

Air pollution coming from the back a group of cars. The first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) Central London in the world to tackle air pollution will be operating very soon. In fact, the plans will take effect from the 8th April 2019 in Central London.

These vehicles that are included in the vans, cars and motorbikes category:

Motorcycles, Mopeds, Motorised Tricycles and Quadricycles
Cars and Small Vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladed weight)
Larger Vans, 4×4 Light Utility Vehicles, Motorised Horseboxes, Pickups (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW)
Ambulances and Motorcaravans (2,500kg to 3,500kg GVW)
Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats and not exceeding 5,000kg GVW)


These vehicles are included in the coaches and larger vehicles category:

Lorries, Motorised Horse Boxes, Breakdown and Recovery Vehicles, Snow Ploughs, Gritters, Refuse Collection Vehicles, Road Sweepers, Concrete Mixers, Fire Engines, Tippers, Removal Lorries (over 3.5 tonne GVW)
Buses and Coaches (8 passengers, over 5 tonne GVW)


All the vehicles in the coaches and larger vehicles category will need to meet the Euro VI emissions standards. You can check if your vehicle meets them standards here:

So, what if the ULEZ standards are not met? How much would you have to pay?

Well, the penalty charge for the coaches and larger vehicles would be £1,000, reduced to £500 if it is paid within 14 days.

This means that organisations will have to attempt to clean up their fleets and take steps to becoming cleaner and greener if they want to travel around Central London. We can help you with that, through our broad range of Euro VI vehicles available for rental, leasing, contract hire or for sale.

Contact 0845567966 or email for more details on our current vehicles available.

Let’s tackle air pollution together!