What does the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) mean for you?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) now operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
  • £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)

When ULEZ Operates?

A daily charge runs from midnight to midnight. If you drive within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you need to pay two daily charges if your vehicle doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

  • Daily ULEZ charge: £12.50
  • Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
  • These are in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge that applies. (Small vans up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight are not subject to the LEZ.)

ULEZ expansion – October 2021

From 25 October 2021 the ULEZ boundary will be extended to create a single larger zone bounded by the North and South Circular Roads. If you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within this enlarged area you will also need to meet new tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge.

This daily charge is in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge if you drive in central London as well.

Vehicles using the North and South Circular Roads and not going into the ULEZ will not be charged.


Competent Couriers was established in 2015, providing courier services to businesses and private customers throughout West London and within the M25. At the beginning of 2019 we increased our fleet size, due to customer demand and we continue to expand at a steady pace.

In light of the recent ULEZ within Central London, we have upgraded to Euro 6 vehicles throughout the fleet in order a comply with TFL requirements. We have also fitted state of the art Vision Track VT2000 cameras for added security for drivers and freight.

Competent Couriers fully supports The London Mayors initiative, to promote cleaner air in the capital. For more information about the ULEZ explore the link below: