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London’s ULEZ zone planned to expand to M25

by Nik Berg
4 March 2022 2 min read
London’s ULEZ zone planned to expand to M25
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Tens of thousands of drivers of modern and modern-classic cars face increased costs to drive in London, as Sadiq Khan, mayor of the capital, is planning to expand the city’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone out across the suburbs and almost as far as the M25.

From 2023, owners of petrol cars which fail to meet Euro 4 emissions regulations, diesels which don’t match Euro 6 and two-wheelers that can’t pass Euro 3 tests will face a daily charge of £12.50 for driving anywhere within London, under the mayor’s plans.

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City Hall claims that it will lead to a reduction of up to 40,000 of the worst polluting vehicles from the road, but, as Hagerty has reported previously, it will be classic car owners and those who simply can’t afford to trade up to a modern vehicle that will be hit hardest.

When the ULEZ, which currently covers the area inside the North and South Circular roads, was announced Transport for London provided a £2,000 scrappage scheme incentive for lower income drivers to get rid of their old cars, but now the offer has ended and drivers in London’s suburbs will get no financial assistance to switch to less-polluting vehicles.

Khan is said to have considered a cheaper £3.50 “boundary charge” for all cars entering London and a “clean air charge” for all combustion-powered vehicles, which would be levied on every journey.

A City Hall spokeswoman told The Times these options were now ruled out. “After examining the science, studying the data and carefully considering the wider economic context, the mayor has decided his preferred option is to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone London-wide to the London LEZ boundary in 2023, subject to a public and stakeholder consultation.”

To beat the new charge some of London’s modern classic drivers are already switching to older vehicles. Cars and bikes aged 40 or older can be granted “historic” status, making them exempt from the charge. Bentley Turbo R driver Luc Lucchesi told Hagerty: “I think I will change the Bentley for something older that’s exempt. I’m lucky that I can afford to do this, but a lot of people won’t be able to.”

Luca Lucchesi and his Bentley will be impacted by the ULEZ
Luc Lucchesi told Hagerty he has to change his beloved Bentley for a car that meets ULEZ

With cars from the 1980s and 1990s falling foul of the rules another option for some may be to pick up a newer cult car, although given the rapid expansion of the ULEZ area and Khan’s determination to tackle air quality in London we can imagine the rules could soon be tightened further.

“The triple challenges of tackling toxic air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion mean we need to further reduce emissions from vehicles in London. We simply don’t have time to waste,” said the Mayor.

It’s also worth noting that where London leads other cities follow. Glasgow, Bath, Birmingham already have Clean Air Zones, with Aberdeen, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all stating plans to introduce them in 2022. In time all of the UK’s urban drivers will surely be affected.

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  • Bob mckenzie says:

    Vote Kahn out next time

  • richard wyatt says:

    just another nail in the coffin

  • Vince Tarling says:

    If they want people out of their cars, improve public transport and drastically reduce the cost.

  • Steven bridges says:

    Just another way of shafting the working men and women

  • J Flourentzou says:

    So that’s it is it? As the spineless nation that we are we’re just going to roll over and take it? Poor driver who lives say 100 yards inside the zone and travels outside the zone daily to go to work therefore NOT driving within it paying the daily charge! It is unfortunate that we moan and yet do nothing about it, me included.

  • Otis says:

    “Cars and bikes aged 40 or older can be granted “historic” status, making them exempt from the charge.” yet I put my Triumph Stag’s details in the TfL vehicle checker and it claims I need to pay to use the existing ULEZ … is this right?

  • Philip Winward says:

    Public transport must be reliable, clean and safe. It must also run a full 24/7 service with no weekend reduction in service. But he will also have to contend with county councils as the M25 is not all in London !

  • Neil says:

    Most if not all of the M25 in not in London, but in surrounding counties, I don’t think Mr Khan can assume he can extend his ulez scheme where wants, another flawed tax the motorist scheme, when he taxed all of us to extinction maybe he will start taxing bikes, pedestrians, horses as there are areas in side the M25 that have little or no public transport.

  • kevin Knowles says:

    Who Voted Kahn in .worst mayor ever he is trying to destroy London

  • L Kearney says:

    Please don’t use the expression “climate emergency” as if it’s true. There isn’t one.

    • Antony Ingram says:

      Hi Lawrence, the term you object to was used in quoted text, so whatever your beliefs on the matter it is accurate to what is being quoted.

  • Patrick james Eggs says:


  • Robin Hunter says:

    If you convert your car to run on LPG it will be excempt from any ULEZ charges.
    For example for the last 8 years I have run a 4.0Ltr V8 Discovery 2 on LPG and had to pay nothing.

  • MB says:

    Getting a bit silly now, isn’t it… so cars get ever cleaner with 2030 targets etc and natural wastage will do this job. No doubt next its 10mph limits for EVs only and men with red flags in front. Oh, hold on, why don’t we all just move to Utopia. Anyone know why Londoners vote for this clown?

  • Derek Nichols says:

    There is a saying which is sadly proving to be true and that is when people get scared the rich get greedy.
    Fourteen months ago in the middle of the Covid epidemic this government dropped the bombshell that the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be brought forward ten years to 2030. People were in such a panic over the aforementioned epidemic they had neither the heart or means to protest this. Here we are now in the grip of what is basically a war in Europe and the knock on effect of crippling fuel prices and rising costs of pretty much everything else we depend on and they take this wonderful opportunity to hit us with this. Will people protest?
    I very much doubt it…and to quote Boris after his lot won the general election ” I promise I won’t let you down” ….
    None of this has anything to do with “cleaning up the air”, it’s a further attempt to force people to take out crippling finance deals on new vehicles with the aim of benefiting the financial system.
    These government decisions HAVE to be stopped in their tracks otherwise travel restrictions like this will multiply out to smaller towns in time with further drastic effects on people’s finances.

  • J Flourentzou says:

    Run on LPG ? 🤨 I don’t think I’ll be converting any of my MB 107’s and sure as sugar won’t be bastardising my Maranello 348 to run on camping gas 😄😄😄😄😄

  • Mark Davis says:

    Its OK for for these politician’s to make up these money grabbing schemes they have plenty of it. We hard working tax paying people can not take anymore there is nothing left to are destroying London wake up and smell the coffee people are broke and can take no-one.

  • Robin Hunter says:

    Dear Mr Flourentzou,
    If you have even one MB107 a 348 I believe that you hardly have to worry about a mere £12:50 a day & can afford an EV or compliant vehicle but if like many residents of our fine capital city you can only just afford say a 90’s Ford Focus to scratch a living then £62:50 a week is actually more than the road tax !

  • J Flourentzou says:

    Thank you for the insight Robin and I can say that it’s a fair comment. I am now retired and my income is no where near what it was when I made my purchases. I am trying to hold on to things that I worked my butt off during my working life but at the rate of gas and petrol prices along with people like khan putting their hands in our pockets to replace funds they have mismanaged is not a pill I want to take. Also let’s take it to the extreme and say ok we will ALL pay this 12.50 it’ll be fine to use our cars will it? Because let’s face it it’s a cash thing more than anything.

  • Peter Jones says:

    Excuse me, Khan does not control Surrey (area) within the M25, we get no TFL/benefits like 60 bus passes, so he can sod off trying to increase his sphere of control that is not in ‘his’ Greater London area boroughs…..

  • D.Riches says:

    It was H M Government who recommended buying diesel cars, What about compensation?

  • Robin Hunter says:

    Mr Flourentzou, I am now agreeing with you.
    London does NOT belong to Mr Khan it belongs to the people of this country (let’s be generous & call him a temporary caretaker) and just to emphasize on how alarming his ULEZ charges are the £12:50 per day x 7 days a week x 52 weeks for a year = £4,550 !!
    Even Mr Flourentzou pays the DVLA a fraction of this 12 months road fund licence to travel the whole of the UK everyday if he wishes.
    How can you justify this, it is extorsion, it is profiteering. (ps. where is this money going ?)

  • Benz Hughes says:

    I not sure he is legally allowed to extend as such plans were not in his manifesto. If they were – he would not have been voted in. He is a deceitful politician and cannot be trusted.

  • Craig says:

    This idiot has to go. So much for being labour, all he is doing is killing the working man. I think having an older well kept vehicle is far greening than creating a mountain of scrap metal and tearing deposits from the earth to make batteries that in 10 years time you cant get rid of. Short sighted.

  • Keith Luxford says:

    I agree with everyone and there comments, it’s a mass tax on working class and the poor, I personally think everyone should stop driving, stop going to work all jump on benefits and see what happens to this rubbish government, no money for them what would they do, probably tax you for breathing next , its always the motorist that get exploited first , I remember when in 1989 when I passed my test that it was one of the most happiest times in my life, they soon put a stop to that for a lot of people, it’s all about the money and how far they can dip their hands in your pocket, daylight robbery its like getting robbed an insult to being English.
    One other point; China and India the two biggest populations of the world, what are they doing, not a lot so why has our small country got to lead the world in climate change? We are all mugs for even suffering it in the first place, while the rich get richer the poor get poorer, nothing much changed there.
    My rant for the day.

  • Joe says:

    This has nothing to do with emissions. Its fine to buy a new 5.5l twin turbo mercedes that weighs 2.5tons and drive that just fine. But I can’t drive my 1989 escort van that i have owned and used for work for 15 years does 45mpg its manufacturing carbon footprint surpassed long ago and puts out far less harmful emissions than all of the new executive or prestige cars. I’m meant to scrap my van and buy a new transit for £20.000 that does 32mpg costs more to run and I can’t fix it myself. Its money grabbing from the people that need it the most. Utter madness and almost criminal

  • John Eisen says:

    The the ulez zone in London failed to generate the money it was expecting to make. So expanding it to the greater London boroughs is need to boost the income needed for TFL it has nothing to do with toxic air. It’s just a tax wiping out classic cars and 90s classics you could still just about work on yourself with out plugging them into a computer which are built better as well. The classic car federation need to get a grip in this country! Also the cost of signage for expanding the London Ulez zone costing 8 million pounds. Such a waste of money.

  • spencer Day says:

    It’s a shame that the mayor of London don’t show as much interest in knife crime than he does with cars my car is 9 years old
    I now have to pay ulez charge can’t afford to buy a new car this just adds to the cost of living crisis

  • Irimin Elvis says:

    I have a bmw 640d grand cope 2015
    Utf 🤬🤬🤬

  • James says:

    I have an old ‘97 Toyota 4×4 pickup truck for my gardening business.
    I bought it because it’s a good old workhorse and of course, it’s all I could afford!!!
    I, along with thousands of others, simply CANNOT AFFORD a newer ULEZ compliant truck, van, or large car for this type of work, and electric vehicles don’t cut it. We also still don’t have the infrastructure in place to support them. It’s insane.
    Furthermore, I can’t afford an expensive LPG conversion, and not even doing that necessarily exempts it from the regs.
    There is no fair discretion.
    Over 4 and a half grand a year just to roll a wheel on an old car every day? You have to be kidding me?!
    And it doesn’t matter who gets the job of mayor, they all want to look “right on” and cool and wear the halo whilst strangling the livelihoods of the workers.
    Can’t afford it? Oh dear you’re not wealthy enough? TOUGH.
    Absolutely disgusting.
    Rip off Britain. What a country.

  • Mark says:

    I for one know I’ve worked bloody hard to put for the cars and van that I own, only to be told by some t**t that I’m gonna have to get rid of it all because he wants to make a change, (5.1bn made last year) which I can’t afford and will not be able to live or survive if I do!
    I can see what there trying to do but we’re just a spot in the world compared to other countries which are not trying to sort this issue, so why does he feel to cripple our country. I will not be selling my cars or will I be paying fines.
    Can take me to court for trying to survive..

    What has this country become, we need to stand together, block shit up and not be controlled by this t**t.

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