Like the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), the Ultra Low Emissions Zone covers an area of London that drivers to have to pay to travel within. Only those driving, as the name suggests, an ultra-low emission vehicle will be exempt.
Entering the ULEZ costs £12.50 and, unlike the current Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), the fee applies no matter what time you travel: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The ULEZ will expand in years to come, too.
At its inception on April 8 2019, the ULEZ will cover the same area as the current CCZ. It’s a relatively small patch in central London below Camden, cutting through Westminster, to the left of Tower Hamlets and above Southwark. It covers 8.1 square miles and makes up just 1.3 percent of Greater London.
However, the ULEZ will get bigger in October 2021, when the North and South Circular roads will serve as the new boundaries. While the CCZ stops just before Camden, for example, the ULEZ post-October 2021 will cut off part-way into Barnet.
On the Transport for London (TfL) website, it also states that; ‘If you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within this enlarged area you will need to meet new tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge’.