Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas still exceeding the legal limits for pollution across the city. Despite recent improvements in air quality, toxic air pollution in London remains the biggest environmental risk to the health of all Londoners, harming our lungs, and worsening chronic illnesses such as asthma, lung and heart disease and putting the health of our children at risk.
That is why from 25 October 2021, the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). The North and South Circular Roads themselves are not in the zone (see the map below). This is part of the commitment by the Mayor of London and TfL to help every Londoner breathe cleaner air.
The ULEZ will continue to operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas Day, to help clean up London’s toxic air quality.
Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards, but we need owners of the remaining older cars, motorcycles, lighter vans and minibuses to take action.
Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) will need to meet the required ULEZ emissions standards when driving within and into the expanded zone, or pay a £12.50 daily charge.