What is ULEZ?

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) has been introduced in London to help improve the city’s air quality.


The zone covers the same central London area as the Congestion Charge (although, important to note, the ULEZ charge doesn’t replace this). It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This means that if you drive into the ULEZ zone at any point and your vehicle doesn’t meet the required standard, you’ll be liable to pay the charge.

What's the cost?

  • There’s a daily charge of £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes).

  • For heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes), the daily charge is £100.

  • It’s worth noting these costs are on top of the Congestion Charge, meaning if your vehicle doesn’t meet the required standards you might end up paying under both schemes.

How could it impact you?

ULEZ charges are based on Euro emissions standards, and vary according to vehicle type. If your vehicle doesn’t meet the required standards, you’ll have to pay the charge. As a general rule, emissions standards can be identified by the age and type of vehicle

Petrol cars - Euro 4 -from January 2006

Diesel cars - Euro 6 - from September 2015

Petrol Vans - Euro 4 - from January 2006

Diesel Vans - Euro 6 - from  September 2015

Motorcycles, scooters, moped etc - Euro 3 - from July 2007

Lorries, Buses and coaches etc - Euro VI - after 2014

Note, these are the general rules; you’ll need to check how your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards here: 


How can we help?

Electric vehicles are some of the cleanest, least polluting types of vehicles on the road. This means they won’t be liable to the ULEZ charge. And whether it’s a car, van or taxi, a charger or an energy, we’ve got the right EV package for you.


Octopus Electric Vehicles offers a wide range of electric cars to make your driving ultra low emissions, as well as charging solutions and energy tariffs to help keep the running costs incredibly low.

We’ve got a team of experts on hand to find the right vehicle for you, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in contact.

020 3870 3892 

1 Upper James Street, Soho, London W1F 9DE 

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