Drivers urged to check eligibility before car tax changes next Monday or risk daily charge

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded on Monday October 25, as thousands more drivers risk being charged. It is being extended to include all areas within the North and South Circular roads around central London.


The ULEZ has operated since April 2019, covering the same area of London as the Congestion Charge.

Transport for London (TfL) have said nearly 10 million people have used its online checker to see whether they will need to pay the additional charge if they drive in the zone.

TfL has urged more drivers to use the tool to ensure they don’t end up with a charge or a fine after driving through London.

According to estimates, almost 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries could “potentially be affected” by the new rules on a daily basis.

It added that more than 80 percent of vehicles in the wider zone will not be charged.

To make drivers more aware of the changes to the tax, more than one million letters have been sent out to people who have driven within the new boundaries.

In addition to this, more than 600,000 leaflets have been delivered to residents living within the expanded zone.

By not checking, drivers could risk a £27.50 daily fine if their car is not compliant and they drive through the Congestion Charge zone.

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Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, warned drivers to check their eligibility when driving in the zone.

He said: “We don’t want drivers to get caught out on October 25, we are advising people to use our checker to see if their vehicle meets the standards.

“If they are liable for the charge we would ask them to consider using public transport, or to walk or cycle if possible, and if they need to drive, consider using a car club whose fleets are fully ULEZ compliant, or switching to the cleanest vehicle.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also advised drivers to check the eligibility of their car.

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