7 things you need to know about the ULEZ

Will Shiers
April 8, 2019

At 00:01 on the 8 April 2019 London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) became operational. Commercial Motor hit the streets in a natural gas-powered Iveco to find out some of the facts about the ULEZ.

1. When does it operate?

The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including weekends and public holidays. It was introduced on 8th April 2019.

2. Where does it cover?

The ULEZ covers 8 sq miles, in fact it’s the exact same 8 sq miles as the Congestion Charging Zone.  But in 2021 it will be expanded out to the North and South Circulars, covering 146sq miles.

3. What vehicles can I drive in the ULEZ?

The minimum standard for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes is Euro-6, with no exemptions. The ULEZ applies to specialist trucks like road sweepers, gritters, refuse vehicles, removals trucks, recovery vehicles and even fire engines.