What you need to know about the ULEZ expansion in 2021


ULEZ is expanding in October 2021 and it's moving in to more residential areas and will likely impact more and more Londoners. We wanted to help you prepare by putting together a few frequently asked questions to help.  



What is ULEZ (Ultra Low Emmissions Zone)?

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sign on a street in London, UK. stock photo

What is ULEZ (Ultra Low Emmissions Zone)?

The ultra low emissions zone (ULEZ) is a zone in London where higher polluting vehicles must pay a fee to move around the zone. The zone is focused on improving air quality across London and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day (25 December).

Why is the ULEZ zone expanding?

City of London ULEZ sign

Why is the ULEZ zone expanding?

Did you know that air pollution is one of the biggest risks to the health of Londoners? In 2017 the London Mayor announced plans for the Ultra Low Emission zone centrally, now stating there have been great improvements in air quality in London since then. To further these improvements, the ULEZ zone is being expanded with the hope of benefitting more London residents. Find out more here.


ulez map with October 21 expansion zone


The ULEZ map matches closely with the Congestion Charge Zone, but as of 25th October it will be expanding up to (but not including) the North Circular and South Circular roads.

Which vehicles are ULEZ compliant?

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Which vehicles are ULEZ compliant?

Vehicles entering the ULEZ must meet Euro standards outlined by TfL based on the type of vehicle and the fuel they use. Euro standard are a range of emmision controls that sets limits for air polluting from engines. The ULEZ standards for existing central London ULEZ and when the zone expands on 25th October 2021 are:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category) (This became mandatory for all new motorcycles in 2007)
  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles (This became mandatory for all new cars in 2005 and light vans in 2006)
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro VI (NOx and PM) for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles (NOx and PM)

Check your vehicle here.

It's worth adding that all Zipcar vehicles are fully ULEZ compliant, ideal for regular business and personal use.

What to do if your car doesn't comply with ULEZ standards?

If you're vehicle does not comply with the standards you have to be prepared to pay the charge every time you enter the zone. If you live within the zone, you may need to re-think your car ownership.

Car sharing with Zipcar offers a quick and easy way to get access to a vehicle without the overheads of buying a new car. Zipcar includes insurance, mileage, road tax, ULEZ and congestion charge all included within the reservation so you only pay for the time you need.


When does ULEZ expand?

Signs indicating Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on a street in London, UK

When does ULEZ expand?

From 25th October 2021 the ULEZ zone will expand up to (but not including) the North Circular and South Circular roads.

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