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How do I know if my car is ULEZ exempt?

By Mathilda Bartholomew | March 14, 2024

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Confused about ULEZ and whether your car qualifies for an exemption? You're not alone!

How do I know if my car is ULEZ exempt?

Confused about ULEZ and whether your car qualifies for an exemption? You're not alone! The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is a London initiative to improve air quality by charging drivers of polluting vehicles. But with various exemptions in place, understanding if your car qualifies can be tricky. Don't worry, this guide will help you navigate the ULEZ and determine if your car gets a free pass.

What is ULEZ?

The ULEZ zone, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), aims to improve air quality by charging drivers of polluting vehicles a daily fee to enter the zone.

If you drive a vehicle that doesn't meet certain emission standards, you'll be charged a daily fee to enter the zone. This fee is currently £12.50 (as of March 2024) and applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Where is the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone?

The ULEZ zone covers most of Greater London within the M25 motorway. 

What vehicles are exempt from ULEZ?

Here's the good news: several vehicle categories are exempt from the ULEZ charge. Let's see if yours falls into one of these groups:

  • Zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs): If your car runs solely on electricity and produces zero emissions, you're golden! EVs are completely ULEZ exempt.
  • Petrol cars meeting Euro 4 standards: Generally, petrol cars registered with the DVLA after January 2006 are Euro 4 compliant and exempt from the ULEZ charge. But double-checking with a ULEZ checker is always recommended.
  • Euro 6 diesel cars: For diesel vehicles, only those meeting the Euro 6 emission standard (introduced in September 2015) are ULEZ exempt. Most diesel cars registered after this date will be compliant.
  • Historic vehicles: Vehicles with a historic tax class (usually classic cars over 40 years old) are exempt from the ULEZ charge.

How to Check If Your Car is ULEZ Exempt

The quickest and easiest way to confirm your car's ULEZ status is to use a ULEZ checker. 

Regit offers a free ULEZ checker tool that uses information from the DVLA and emission standards provided by TfL. By entering your vehicle's registration number, we can determine if it meets the Euro emissions standards that classify it as low-polluting. The tool then indicates whether your car is compliant or non-compliant with ULEZ standards. Only non-compliant vehicles are required to pay daily charges to drive in the ULEZ.

Remember: Always check for the latest ULEZ information and exemptions on the official Transport for London website.

What happens if I drive a non-compliant vehicle into ULEZ?

If your car isn't ULEZ exempt, you'll need to pay the daily charge if you drive within the zone. You can find out more about charges, payment methods, and exemptions on the TfL website.

Considering a ULEZ-exempt vehicle?

If you regularly drive in London and your current car isn't ULEZ exempt, transitioning to a compliant vehicle can save you money in the long run. Explore electric vehicles, newer petrol cars, or Euro 6 diesel options (if applicable).

By following these steps and using the ULEZ checker, you can determine your car's ULEZ status and ensure you're compliant with London's regulations. Drive smart and contribute to cleaner air in the capital!

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