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London drivers facing new £12.50 A DAY charge in weeks – check if you will be hit

In a bid to clean up air pollution choking parts of London Transport for London (TFL) has announced ambitious new plans to clean up its act. This may come as a breath of fresh air for many but for motorists, this could be a costly solution.

To help improve air quality in London an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was first introduced in 2019.

It is a fee charged to the most polluting vehicles if they want to drive in Central London, which suffers heavily from air pollution.

The ULEZ has proved highly successful seeing significantly improving the City Centre’s air quality since its introduction.

Owing to its success and in a bit to clean up its act, TFL has announced its plans to expand the ULEZ zone from October 2021.

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Euro 3 (NOx) for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles.

Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes).

Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes).

HGVs, heavy vans and specialist heavy vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight), buses, minibuses and coaches (over 5 tonnes) will also have to pay a fee but this will differ from the standard charge.

How much will you have to pay?

Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes), and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) if they fail to meet the ULEZ emissions standards will have to pay a hefty fee to travel through the zone.

You will have to pay a £12.50 daily charge when driving within the expanded ULEZ zone.

This fee is unavoidable as the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day.

TFL has put together a handy tool to check if your vehicle meets the emissions standard needed to avoid the charge.

It has also compiled a list of the charges you’ll need to pay if your vehicle qualifies with can be accessed HERE. ULEZ emissions standards.

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