Starting today, October 25, drivers in London will be charged £12.50 to enter the city’s new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) if they are driving gasoline-powered car manufactured before 2005 or a diesel-powered car made before 2015. Buses and large trucks will be charged £100 a day.
Motorists who drive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles into central London are no longer exempt from the £15 daily Congestion Charge. Only vehicles emitting 0g/km CO2 qualify for the cleaner vehicle discount.
Drivers in London have abandoned diesel cars six times faster than those in the rest of the UK since Sadiq Khan announced plans for a massive expansion of the London’s clean air zone.
Research released days before London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) is rolled out across the capital shows there are about 128,000 fewer diesel cars on the city’s roads than in 2017, when the mayor announced plans to create one of the biggest clean air zones in Europe.
Oliver Lord, the head of Clean Cities Campaign UK, which carried out the research, said: “The expansion of the ultra-low emission zone is monumental and has turbo-charged the end of diesel cars in London.”