Currently reading: London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone to be expanded from October 2021
ULEZ will expand by eighteen times its original size, with the entire area inside the North Circular and South Circular roads covered by a £12.50 daily charge for non-compliant vehicles
Jimi Beckwith
2 mins read
8 June 2018

London's new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand to cover the entire area inside the North Circular and South Circular roads from 25 October 2021, with a £12.50 daily toll for non-compliant vehicles. 

The ULEZ, which will launch on 8 April 2019 to replace the T-charge, will be in force all day every day in a bid to improve the British capital’s air quality. The daily charge will be applied to diesels that don't meet Euro 6 standards and petrols that don't meet Euro 4 standards.

The area that the expanded ULEZ will cover from 2021 is 18 times larger than the original area, which will be the same as the existing Congestion Charge area. It will stretch as far North as Palmer’s Green, as far East as Barking, as far South as Forest Hill and as far West as Ealing.

By the time the ULEZ is expanded, Euro 4 will be 16 years old, while Euro 6 will be just 7 years old.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders previously revealed that the cars affected by the ULEZ in the larger area total 782,439 diesels and 858,018 petrols - substantially more than the 321,000 diesels and 255,00 petrols that Transport for London (TfL) projected to be affected. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan pitched the idea of a diesel scrappage scheme to help ease the burden on motorists hit by the changes: “We’re doing everything in our power to tackle this issue and are starting to see improvements in air quality with the wide-ranging action we’ve taken already on tackling the most polluting cars and cleaning up our bus and taxi fleet.

"An expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone, in conjunction with the Central London ULEZ, will really help transform the air that millions of Londoners breathe.

“Some motorists will need help switching to greener transport options, which is why City Hall is urging ministers to deliver a diesel scrappage scheme to get the dirtiest cars off our roads and offer drivers a fair deal, especially the many diesel drivers who bought vehicles thinking they were more environmentally friendly after government advice.”

The public consultation that preceded the confirmation of the expanded ULEZ resulted in 56% support of the expansion, with the turnout being the highest recorded by TfL. 

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max1e6 10 June 2018

Sadiq Khant

London would be better off if Sadiq Khan was scrapped.

Mikey C 10 June 2018

Euro 4 for petrol cars is a

Euro 4 for petrol cars is a pretty low standard. My 2002 Focus passes it for example.

Using the North and South circulars as a boundary may be easy, but it means that far more of North London is within this than South London as the A205 is much nearer the centre of London

Peter Cavellini 8 June 2018

Missed the Boat when....?

  I’d say about 1950!, London had Smog Peas Soupers they were called killed thousands, into the fifty’s it got a little better, but from then on little or nothing was done , now we’re into the 21st Century and we’ve woken up to the fact it’s a real problem it’s going to get worse if we don’t start now, we’ll, we’ve started hands will be thrown high in the much? Your joking right?, well ho w long do you want good health for?, what about your kids?, the elderly?, a scrappage scheme for  and Euro6 Diesels and Euro 4 Petrols?... that’s fair, so why no interest?, let’s start now....

typos1 8 June 2018

One of the ways they tackled

One of the ways they tackled the problem in the 50s and 60s was to stop the burning of coal and wood. No mention of bonfires, wood burning stoves, coal fires, garden bonfires or open fires though, despite being 100s of times worse than diesels, total madness - its ok to cause disease by burning wood, coal or rubbish, but you cant cause disease by driving a diesel, even though you ll cause less disease with the diesel, you couldnt make it up.


And a scrappage schmeme ? How does creating more pollution by building lots of new cars to replace the perfectly good ones youve just scrapped, better for the environment ? The economy maybe, but it aint better for the environment at all.


Several companies sell devices for approx £450 that split water and add the resulting hyrogen to the intake (of petrol and diesel engines) and reductions of NOx of up to 60% have been shown, plus reduction of particulate matter by up to 90% on diesels, this sort of device should be what TFL is promoting, not scrapping perfectly good vehicles.