Ultra Low Emission Zone
The T-Charge is now in effect in London, however, from April 2019 it will be replaced by the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). This means that the Mayor of London and Transport For London will be implementing more changes to restrictions on emissions of certain vehicles, which may affect you. This will be coming into effect in regards to the emissions of both cars, light commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and buses.
What is the T-Charge?
The T-Charge, that is currently in place, states: ‘Older vehicles driving in central London now need to meet minimum Euro emission standards or pay an extra daily charge. This is in addition to the Congestion Charge. The T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) operates in the Congestion Charge zone and is part of our commitment to help clean up London's dangerously polluted air.’
What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?
The ULEZ is being brought in to replace the T-Charge. It aims to help improve air quality in London. It will cover the same area as the Congestion Charge and will affect most vehicles, including cars and vans. These vehicles will be required to meet new, more restrictive exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards). Any vehicles that don’t meet the new standards will be liable for a daily charge in order to drive within the ULEZ area. This charge is in addition to the current Congestion Charge.
The Transport for London website stated: ‘The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ), and comes into force on 8 April 2019.’
Currently, the ULEZ will only affect the current congestion charge zone. However this may change in the near future and could be expanded to the North and South Circular by 2021.
Which vehicles are affected?
A whole host of vehicles are affected by this change in legislation including motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles, quadricycles, cars, small vans, large vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups, ambulances, motorcaravans , minibuses, lorries, breakdown & recovery vehicles, snow ploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers, fire engines, tippers, removals lorries, buses and coaches.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your vehicle will meet the new standards, then fear not, it’s nice and easy to check. You can check to see if your vehicle meets these
standards by visiting the TFL website and entering your registration number on the VRM Checker. Check my vehicle now .
Most vans with gross vehicle weights up to 3500kg registered before September 2016 will be affected by the new regulations. It is recommended that light commercial vehicles with gross weights up to 3500kg have the newer Euro 6 engines which are cleaner and emit fewer emissions.
What are the new standards? The new regulations affect both diesel and petrol engines. The ULEZ standards are:
● Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category).
● Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles.
● Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles.
● Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles.
SVC Specialist Vehicles is here to help! If your vehicle does not meet the new standards, then the team here at SVC Specialist Vehicles is here to help. We can help find you a vehicle that meets the new requirements, whilst also suiting your personal needs and budget. By owning a vehicle that meets these standards, you’re able to save yourself having to pay regular charges to drive in the zone. To make things easier we can also take your current car or van in a part-exchange for your new vehicle.
Here at SVC Specialist Vehicles we have many Euro 6 engine panel vans, kombi vans, tippers and pick up trucks that meet the new emission standards. So make sure you browse our stock today.
Give us a call today on 01883 622 414. We can give you advice, source your next vehicle, and arrange finance if you need it. You can also part exchange you current vehicle.