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London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ): Do Scooters And Motorcycles Have To Pay?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone came into effect on the 8th April 2019 and is reducing the number of polluting vehicle on the London roads. This post gives you all the information you need to understand if you have to pay.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (or ULEZ for short) came into effect on the 8th April 2019. 

If like a lot of people your struggling to know if your need to pay or not this post may help.

This post will provide you with the main details you need to aware of if you ride a scooter or motorcycle in London.

What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge?

To help improve air quality for people in London, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) now operates within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. 

If your vehicle doesn’t meet the new emission standards you will have to pay a daily charge to drive within the zone:

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
Where is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

From April 8th 2019 the ULEZ will operate within the same area as the current London congestion charge zone (see image below).

The ULEZ zone will extend further to the North and South Circular from October 2021 (see yellow area in image below).

Ultra Low Emission Zone
When does the ULEZ charge apply?

From April 8th 2019 the new charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including bank holidays, Christmas, Easter and other public holidays.

What types of vehicle have to pay the ULEZ charge?

Any scooter/motorcycle built before 2007, i.e. before the implementation of the Euro 3 emissions standard, will have to pay £12.50 per day.

Check your vehicle?

Find out if you need to pay for your vehicle HERE

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What happens if I don’t pay the ULEZ charge?

Failure to pay will result in a fine of £160. Lorries will be charged £100 a day, with a £1,000 fine for failing to pay on time.

Will I have to pay the ULEZ and Congestion Charge?

Yes, if your vehicle qualifies for both the £11.50 congestion charge will need to be paid if you enter the city centre between Monday and Friday, 7am to 6pm.

Do electric scooter have to pay the ULEZ charge?

No, electric scooters are exempt from the charge.

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