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What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (Ulez) for older vehicles will be expanded from August next year.

Here, the PA news agency answers 10 key questions about the system and how it affects drivers.

– When and why was Ulez founded?

It was launched in April 2019 to clean up London’s air.

– How bad is the air quality in the capital?

An estimated 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year from air pollution.

– How does Ulez help?

It discourages drivers from using the most polluting vehicles by charging them a daily fee to enter the zone.

– How much is the fee?

The charge for vehicles not meeting minimum emissions standards is £12.50 for cars, small vans, motorcycles and other lighter vehicles.

The fee for non-compliant larger vehicles such as lorries, buses and coaches is £100 under the Low Emission Zone Scheme.

– How to avoid the fee when driving in the zone?

Make sure your vehicle meets the minimum emissions standard.

In the case of petrol engines, these are usually first registrations after 2005.

Most diesel passenger cars registered after September 2015 are exempt from the tax.

– When does the Ulez leave?

All day, every day except Christmas Day.

– How soon do I have to pay after a ride?

You have until midnight on the third day after the trip.

– What happens if I am liable to pay but do not pay?

Failure to pay may result in a late fee of £160, reduced to £80 for early payment.

– Which area is currently covered by the ulez?

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