Improving air quality and Londoners' health, tackling climate change and reducing congestion

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Overview

We are consulting on proposals to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide on 29 August 2023. We want to hear your views on our proposals. These proposals are part of the commitment by the Mayor of London and TfL to help improve air quality and public health, tackle the climate emergency and reduce traffic congestion across Greater London.

Please read about our proposals in the consultation brochure:

Front cover of the consultation brochure with busy road scene with active travel and vehiclesClick the image to view the Consultation brochure


Or you can watch this video summarising our proposals:


The ULEZ currently

See if your vehicle is affected by our proposals

Overview

We are consulting on proposals to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide on 29 August 2023. We want to hear your views on our proposals. These proposals are part of the commitment by the Mayor of London and TfL to help improve air quality and public health, tackle the climate emergency and reduce traffic congestion across Greater London.

Please read about our proposals in the consultation brochure:

Front cover of the consultation brochure with busy road scene with active travel and vehiclesClick the image to view the Consultation brochure


Or you can watch this video summarising our proposals:


The ULEZ currently covers the area inside the North and South Circular roads. It sets minimum ULEZ emissions standards for “light” vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles and vans; drivers of vehicles that don’t meet them must pay a daily charge to drive within the Zone unless an exemption or discount applies. "Heavy" vehicles, such as buses, coaches and lorries, are already subject to these standards London-wide.

Most drivers in Greater London already have compliant vehicles, with more than four in five vehicles in outer London already meeting ULEZ standards. To see if your vehicle is affected by our proposals, use our vehicle checker. Drivers of non-compliant vehicles would have to pay £12.50 each day if they drive within the zone.

We are also proposing to change the penalty charge level for non-payment of the daily ULEZ and Congestion Charge from £160 to £180, remove the £10 per vehicle annual Auto Pay registration fee for the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and Low Emission Zone, and make changes to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

See our consultation brochure for more details. We also have an easy-read version of the proposals and survey available.


Our proposals

These are our proposals for the London-wide expansion of the ULEZ from 29 August 2023. The new boundary would cover almost all (96 per cent) of Greater London, up to the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ) boundary. You can view our overview map or view an interactive map of the proposed new boundary.

The boundary of the expanded Zone is designed to make sure there are opportunities for vehicles to turn around should they not wish to enter the Zone.

We are also seeking views on how we shape the future of road user charging.

You can read a summary of our proposals in our consultation brochure and in more detail in Our proposals to help improve air quality, tackle the climate emergency, and reduce congestion by expanding the ULEZ London-wide and other measures consultation document.

Proposals: Part 1 - Expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone London-wide from 29 August 2023 and making changes to Auto Pay and Penalty Charge Notice levels

Map of the proposed ULEZ expansion area

Overview map showing current ULEZ area up to north and south circular roads and the new proposed expansion area for 2023. The new area incorporates most of London and matches the current boundary for the current Low Emission Zone

Details of the proposals:

  • It would cost £12.50 per day to drive anywhere within the London-wide ULEZ area for drivers of non-compliant vehicles. Check whether your vehicle is already ULEZ standards compliant using the ULEZ vehicle checker
  • It would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year, excluding Christmas Day
  • We would remove the £10 annual per vehicle registration fee for Auto Pay for the ULEZ, LEZ and Congestion Charge from 30 January 2023. It would then be free to register for Auto Pay. You would still have to pay the ULEZ charge if your vehicle is not compliant. (Auto Pay is a mechanism for automatic payment of the ULEZ, LEZ or Congestion Charge that ensures that drivers will not receive a Penalty Charge Notice)
  • The penalty for non-payment for ULEZ and Congestion Charge would increase from £160 to £180 from 30 January 2023. If paid within 14 days, the amount would reduce by half

Proposals: Part 2 - Changes to the Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS)

The Mayor is also proposing to revise his Transport Strategy (MTS) to set out the triple challenges of toxic air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion that London is facing, notwithstanding achievements in delivering existing MTS policies and proposals. The new proposal would reinforce the importance of seeking to address these challenges and the role of road user charging including a London-wide ULEZ in doing so.

Help shape the future of road user charging

We want to hear your views on how we can shape the future of road user charging as part of the commitment by the Mayor of London and TfL to improve air quality, tackle the climate emergency and reduce congestion across Greater London.

To have your say on our proposals, you can take part in our consultation survey. Details on other ways you can submit your views are provided below.


Background

We are proposing to expand the ULEZ London-wide from 29 August in 2023. The ULEZ would be expanded to outer London to cover the same area as the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ). We have summarised our proposals in our consultation brochure.

Since its implementation in 2019 and the subsequent expansion to inner London (up to the North and South circular roads) in October 2021, the ULEZ has already helped to improve air quality in central and inner London. Most vehicles in the existing zone (92 per cent) are already ULEZ compliant. However, we need to do much more to protect the health and wellbeing of Londoners, especially those in outer London boroughs, where poor air quality is attributable to a greater number of deaths than in inner London (albeit levels of air pollution are lower in outer London).

We are proposing to expand the ULEZ London-wide from August 2023 as part of our plans to tackle toxic air pollution, as well as helping to address the climate emergency and traffic congestion.

Most drivers in Greater London are already driving compliant vehicles and would not need to pay the ULEZ charge. 82 per cent of vehicles in Outer London are already compliant. You can check whether your vehicle is compliant using the ULEZ vehicle checker on our website.


Have your say

We would like your views on the proposals to expand the ULEZ London-wide from 29 August 2023, removal of the annual Auto Pay vehicle registration fee, increases in the penalty charge notice levels for non-payment of the daily ULEZ charge and the Congestion Charge, changes to the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) and your thoughts on how we shape the future of road user charging.

We also welcome your views on minor operational changes we propose making to the Congestion Charge and ULEZ schemes.

You can do this by completing the online survey. You will need to register with our Have your say platform to take part in the online survey. Your details will be kept secure . The consultation will close on 29 July 2022 at 23:59.

Please note If you have an existing account registered with TfL for other services, such as paying ULEZ or Congestion Charge or Oyster card management, you will still have to register a Have your say account to complete the online survey

If you prefer not to complete the survey, then please submit your response to us in writing to cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk or FREEPOST TFL HAVE YOUR SAY (no stamp required). You can also phone this number 0343 222 1155 to leave your feedback or ask a question about our proposals.

We also want this consultation to be accessible to everyone:

If you know of any local community groups or meetings that you would like to invite a member of the project team to, please email us at cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk or call 0343 222 1155 with details of the meeting and we will call you back.


Information to help you respond

You can read our consultation brochure for more information about the consultation and the proposals.

Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. These will be updated throughout the consultation as questions come in.

If you would like to view the new proposed ULEZ boundary, there is an overview map in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this page. You can also use this interactive map to see the roads and areas covered by the proposed new ULEZ area.

You can view our consultation video and share this with anyone else you think may be interested in responding to our consultation.

If you would like more detailed information, there is also:

  • Please share your views by taking part in our online survey. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. Please note you will be required to register on Have your say to take part in the survey and this is a separate login to any Contactless and Oyster or London Road User Charging accounts you may hold. 

    If you prefer not to complete the survey, then please submit your response to us in writing to:

    Please note that responses to the survey will be made publicly available after the consultation has closed in the form of a report on the results. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation. For further information, please visit our privacy policy.


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