Drivers of almost 700,000 vehicles 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 data request made by the RAC, as of February 2023, 691,559 vehicles will probably be non-compliant as a result of they’re both petrol automobiles 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 every day cost.
Nevertheless, the variety of drivers affected as soon as the zone grows is more likely to be far greater when bearing in mind automobiles getting into from bordering counties equivalent to Kent, Hertfordshire and Essex.
Transport for London (TfL) estimates that round 160,000 non-compliant vehicles a day at the moment drive within the space that may grow to be a part of the expanded zone later this summer season.
Drivers of affected automobiles who don’t pay the £12.50 every day cost will a fantastic of as much as £160.
To assist mitigate the impression on drivers and companies the Mayor of London has launched a £110m scrappage scheme which gives these eligible as much as £2,000 in 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 will probably be an enormous monetary impression 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 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 automobile is ULEZ-compliant?
A petroleum automobile registered pre-2006 is unlikely to fulfill the minimal Euro 4 emissions requirements, whereas diesel vehicles first registered previous to September 2015 will in all probability not meet the Euro 6 requirements which implies they would want 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 suppose the checker is inaccurate, they need to contact their automobile’s producer to achieve proof of its Euro emissions normal which they will then use to problem TfL.
Euro emissions requirements had been launched within the Nineteen Nineties to restrict the extent of pollution emitted from a automobile’s exhaust and have grow to be stricter over the past 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.