Low emissions zones and cost savings
Low Emissions Zones (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) are rolling out across the UK, with existing zones in London, Glasgow, Bath and Birmingham and potential zones being planned for Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Portsmouth and Sheffield.
London’s Low Emission Zone is designed to penalise the highest polluting, heavy diesel vehicles (HGVs etc) and encourage cleaner vehicles to travel through the capital.
Low Emissions Zones, London
The Low Emissions Zone covers the vast majority of Greater London whereas the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone is in place for Central London and operates 24 hours a day.
Ultra-Low Emissions and Congestion Zone, London
London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone is also operational 24 hours a day, except Christmas Day. Large vehicles over 3.5 tonnes do not need to pay the ULEZ charge, but are required to pay any Low Emissions Zone charges. These vehicles include HGV’s, Lorries, Gritters, Refuse Collection Vehicles, Concrete Mixers, Removal Lorries and Tippers. You can check whether you need to pay any LEZ, ULEZ or Congestion Charges during your journey.
Daily ULEZ charge (between midnight and midnight): £12.50
London also has a congestion zone which covers Central London only and is operational between 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday and 12pm – 6pm, Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Daily Congestion Zone charge: £15.00
Currently, Glasgow’s Low Emissions Zone only applies to local bus services, but in 2023 when phase 2 is rolled out, all vehicles travelling through the city centre must meet the emission requirements or pay the penalty. Exempt vehicles include motorcycles, mopeds, vehicles driven by disabled persons, emergency vehicles, military vehicles and historic vehicles.
The LEZ will fall within the boundary of the River Clyde, the M8 Motorway and High Street/Saltmarket.
When the Low Emissions Zone is introduced, it will be in force 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Daily LEZ charge (between midnight and midnight): £60
Bath’s Clean Air Zone was introduced in March 2021, with daily charges implemented when accessing the city centre by motor vehicle.
If your vehicle meets either petrol Euro 4 or diesel Euro 6, you are exempt from daily charges. Buses, coaches, HGV, vans, taxis and private hire vehicles must meet Euro 6 to be exempt from daily charges.
Electric vehicles, disabled passenger tax class vehicle, military vehicles and historic vehicles are also exempt from Clear Air Zone charges as well as local vehicles owned by emergency services, council teams and NHS trusts.
Daily LEZ charge (between midnight and midnight): £9 for taxis, vans and motorhomes/ £100 for HGVs, coaches and buses
Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone applies to the city centre, Digbeth, Jewellery Quarter, as well as parts of Bordesley and Newtown. This will apply to buses, coaches, HGVs, vans, minibuses, taxis and private hire vehicles, whereas cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles are exempt.
Vehicles travelling into this zone will be required to meet Euro 4 emissions standards for petrol and Euro 6 emissions for petrol, otherwise the congestion charge will apply. Electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion charge as well as taxi drivers, emergency vehicles, historic vehicles and military vehicles.
Daily LEZ charge (between midnight and midnight): £8 for cars, £50 for buses, HGVs and coaches
How to avoid the daily charges?
If you regularly travel into the city centre where a Clean Air Zone, the most cost-effective way is to purchase a vehicle that meets the Euro 4 or Euro 6 emission standards. Speak to the team here at Warrington Isuzu, who would be happy to help you find the right vehicle for you.