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Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London
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According to LeaseCar.uk, drivers in London, who’s cars do not meet the emissions standards set out by Transport for London, could be paying hundreds of pounds a week, just to drive their car. From October 25, the ULEZ zone is expanding in Central London to create a single, larger zone which is set to affect many more motorists.
The zone will be up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
Despite this, the North and South Circular Roads themselves are not included in the zone.
The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day (25 December).
At a daily cost of £12.50, the ULEZ charge is applicable in the same way as the Congestion Charge.
If drivers have to pay £15 a day for the Congestion Charge as well, the total comes out at £10,010 for a standard 365-day year (except a leap year) – before they have even turned the key in the ignition.
Most vehicles, including cars and vans, must meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers face the daily charge to drive within the zone.
Meanwhile, lorries, buses, coaches and other heavier vehicles face a £36,400 bill for a ULEZ fee if using their vehicle every day of the year at £100 a day.
Transport for London (TfL) estimates around four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards.
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They have introduced the guidelines to encourage the owners of older, more polluting cars, motorcycles and lighter vans and minibuses to act.
Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including five tonnes) will incur the daily charge when driving in the ULEZ zone if they don’t meet emissions standards.
A spokesperson for LeaseCar.uk warned: “Many people may not realise the ULEZ zone in London is to be expanded in the autumn, or know if their vehicle will be affected.
“Motorists in the capital whose vehicles qualify to have to pay the ULEZ fee may also have to pay the Congestion Charge as well, depending on where and when they are driving.
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