- London’s ULEZ was first introduced in 2019 – and from today it has expanded to cover much of the city
- Birmingham was the first city outside the capital to introduce a clean air area to charging car drivers
- There are going to be four vehicle emission charging zones by 2021, although not all are charging car users
- A total of 15 cities plan to impose emissions taxes on drivers by the end of 2022 – we explain them
Following the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital, around 300,000 motorists living in or traveling to London face a daily fee of £12.50 for using their motors starting today.
Introduced in April 2019, the zone has been expanded to 18 times its original size and is set to impress the capital’s poorest residents, who cannot afford to exchange their old cars for new models which are exempted from daily charges.
But it is not just Londoners who are getting trapped behind the wheel of their vehicles every day. Drivers of old cars in some 15 cities will soon have to come up with the concept of emission tax zones that can turn vehicle ownership from convenience to financial burden.
Will you face vehicle emissions tax where you live? Pollution zones are being introduced across the country over the next 12 months, meaning many owners of older cars will either have to buy a new one or face hefty fees.
Under government orders, councils have been told to curb their air pollution levels – and to do so, they must get rid of the dirtiest vehicles on their roads.
Birmingham has already introduced its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in June 2021, demanding a payment of £8 each time a user of a non-compliant vehicle enters the boundary around the city centre.
We outline which cities plan to have similar areas before the end of 2022 – although not all of them affect car drivers. Here is a guide for each one and where they are expected to launch.
London – Introduced (Extended 25 October 2021)
What is this: Ultra low emission zone for charging old petrol and diesel vehicles in the capital
When is it going to be presented: Applicable in congestion charge zones from 8 April 2019 – 18 times increased in size to Inner London on 25 October 2021
Emission Tax Type: ULEZ
Charged Vehicles: Buses, Coaches, Taxis (Registered Black Cab Exempt), Private Hire Vehicles (PHV), Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) and Car Drivers
Cost for car drivers: £12.50 daily fee if diesel car is not Euro 6 or petrol is not at least Euro 4
The capital’s ULEZ was first implemented within the confines of the congestion charge zone from 8 April 2019 and was expanded to cover most of inner London on 25 October 221.
Drivers of diesel cars that do not comply with Euro 6 emission standards (usually registered since 2016) and petrol failing to meet Euro 4 (usually registered since 2006) are charged up to £12.50 per day to enter the zone. Have to stump.
If you do not have a compliant motor, this is on top of a £15 per day congestion charge, taking the current total to £24 to enter central London.
ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week except on Christmas Day. This is a daily fee, which means that if you enter the area at 23:00 and leave at 02:00, you will have to pay twice (£25).
Driving a non-compliant car in the Capital just once a week will result in an annual bill of £650 – many drivers pay for insurance and road tax combined. Drivers using the ineligible car five days a week will have to pay a £3,250 bill per year.
This is enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras on the outskirts of the zone and failed payment within 24 hours of entering the zone will result in a fine of £160 (if paid within two weeks). £80 is halved).
Clean Capital: London’s ULEZ has been expanded to 18 times its original size and now covers most of the capital within the confines of its outer ring roads
The capital’s ultra low emission zone has been implemented in central London from April 2019. However, since 25 October 2021 this has been expanded to cover most of the city, with 300k people predicted to face a driving tax if £12.50 each day.
ULEZ expanded to cover the highly populated area on 25 October 2021, but excludes the A406 North circular and A205 South circular roads – and no resident exemption is available.
TfL estimates that the expansion of ULEZ with 35,000 vans and 3,000 HGVs will affect 100,000 cars per day.
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