Driving into Central London has just got more expensive. An ‘Ultra Low Emissions Zone’ (ULEZ) has come into force, meaning drivers of affected cars will need to pay an extra £12.50 (P850) to drive into the nation’s capital. That’s on top of the £11.50 (P780) ‘Congestion Charge’ you have to pay if you drive into London between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. You need to pay the ULEZ charge, which replaces the ‘T-Charge’, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You’ll be affected if you have a motorcycle that does not meet the Euro 3 standard, a petrol car/van that doesn’t meet the Euro 4 standard or a diesel car/van that doesn’t meet the Euro 6 standard. In practice, this means you’re probably screwed if your motorcycle was built before 2007, your petrol car/van before 2006, or your diesel car/van before 2015. Unless it’s a proper classic—cars over 40 years old are exempt from the charge just as they are road tax.