February 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Originally scheduled to come into force in 2020, the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been brought forward and is expected to be operational in 2019. With the relentless drive to reduce vehicle pollution in all our big cities and London in particular, the ULEZ will cover the same area as the current congestion zone, and operate 24/7, 365 days a year.

For anyone entering the congestion area with a vehicle that doesn’t meet emission standards things could begin to get very expensive.
See the map below:

ULEZ Fees for Vans:

As well as having to pay the normal congestion zone charge, a figure of £100 per day is being considered for motorcycles, cars, and vans which fall below current emission requirements. Failure to pay will result in an additional £130 fine, reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

Will Your Van Meet the Requirements:

A look through your vehicle registration documents (V5C), should tell you whether your van is compliant with the new regulations. If you don’t have your V5C, the registration date and weight of the vehicle can be got from vehicleenquiryservice.gov.uk. For recently registered vehicles the Euro emission standard for your vehicle can be found in section D.2. of your V5C.

Provided your van meets current Euro emission standards, it should also meet the new ULEZ standards.

The standards set for the new ULEZ are:

  • Euro 4 for petrol vans, cars and minibuses.
    • Euro 6 for diesel vans, cars and minibuses.

Be aware; the fact your vehicle meets the Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) standards, does not ensure it meets the new ULEZ standards, be sure to check it complies with both.

Alternative Options:

It has been estimated that approximately 2,000 vans, most of them elderly, will likely be affected by these new regulations. If you regularly work within the congestion zone area, and you believe your van falls below the new emission standards, what are your options?

The obvious one is to consider whether it may be time to upgrade your current van to a later or new model, which meets all requirements. Buying a new van outright is one way to go, or consider the leasing option. If you feel now is the time to go totally eco-friendly, check out government grants. They offer a ‘plug-in’ grant to help towards the cost of a new all-electric vehicle.

Exhaust filters are available to help reduce your vehicle's emission levels. They need to be an approved model, and you need to check they are doing the job once they are fitted.

Lastly, if none of the above is acceptable, then the emissions fee will have to be paid. Registration numbers will be picked up by traffic cameras so it would be a good idea to register your van and make sure your ULEZ fee is paid prior to your journey.


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