Are you prepared or aware of the new Ultra Low Emission Zone coming into force on the 8th April 2019??
An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced to Central London in April 2019 – and the motorbike, scooter and moped communities are already talking about it.
Transport for London (TFL) says air pollution is one of the most significant challenges the city faces, and it’s affecting the population’s health. Studies have shown that transport is among the biggest source of emissions.
The capital already has a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in force to try and tackle the problem. It means heavy vehicles, vans and minibuses that don’t fall within certain emission standards must pay a daily charge of up to £200 to drive through the city.
And the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is keen to take this a step further in an attempt to improve the air quality – and has brought forwards the official start date of the ULEZ scheme. It is set to replace the current T-Charge and will be in addition to the current Congestion Charge and the LEZ requirements.
So if you’re a motorcyclist in the city, here is some points you’ll need to be aware of.
The ULEZ will apply to motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
Motorcycles, Scooters, Moped’s, Trike’s and Quad’s (L category) will have to meet Euro 3 standards to enter the ULEZ.
Owners are being advised to double check the make and model of their bikes – because there will be a charge to ride through the capital if it doesn’t meet the required standards.
If your bike doesn’t meet Euro 3 standards, there will be a £12.50 charge per day.
It is possible to enter the vehicle registration details in this online tool to check. But generally speaking, the charge will apply for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quads registered before 1st July 2007.
And if you do ride through the ULEZ, you’ll be fined £130. This will be reduced to £65 if paid in 14 days – and will be in addition to other Low Emission Zone or Congestion Charge penalties as well.
The ULEZ will apply around the clock within the Congestion Charge Zone area.
It will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area of the current Congestion Charge Zone.
It will come into force on 8th April 2019.
For those who live within the ULEZ will be granted a 100% discount for a limited time to allow time to change their vehicle so it meets the appropriate standards.
Currently historic vehicles are also exempt from the scheme.
Further information about the London ULEZ is available on the TFL website.