The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand on October 25 this year and it means you may have to pay a charge just for driving near your house.
If your car doesn’t meet the emission standards there is a £12.50 daily charge for driving within the designated ULEZ area.
The ULEZ is expanding from central London to create a single larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
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The North and South Circular roads themselves are not included in the zone though.
The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year (except Christmas Day).
Several London boroughs will be added to the list of places where you have to pay the climate saving charge.
If you are driving through Greenwich, Brent or Kensington and Chelsea, without a suitable car, you will have to cough up the £12.50. The same stands for Barnet.
For those in Lambeth, only half the borough will be covered by the new zone.
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A trip across the borough to a friend could end up costing you more than a taxi.
Lewisham, Southwark and Ealing are all sliced in half by the zone as well. This means that some of the borough will have to pay the charge when driving out their house and some won’t.
You can enter your postcode here to check if your address will be impacted by the extension.
If your vehicle meets energy saving standards then you won’t have to pay the ULEZ charge at all. You will still have to pay the London congestion charge but will be saving £12.50 for entry into multiple London boroughs.
You can check whether your vehicle meets emission standards on the Transport for London (TFL) website by entering your registration number here.
To pay the ULEZ charge drivers can pay in advance or on the day of travel if they choose to do so.
If you forget to pay the charge, you have up to midnight three days after you have travelled to pay the charge and avoid a fine.
According to TFL, despite recent improvements in air quality, toxic air pollution in London remains the biggest environmental risk to health.
It can harm the lungs and worsen chronic illnesses such as asthma, lung and heart disease.
This is the reason for the ULEZ zone as it has had a transformational impact on air pollution, contributing to a 44 per cent reduction in roadside nitrogen dioxide within its boundaries.
Any money received from the ULEZ will be reinvested into improving the transport network – including its cycleways, buses and Tube – and helping to improve London’s air quality.
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