How much is the current ULEZ charge and how to pay?

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The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone has proved controversial for road users across the capital.

A consultation on the expansion was announced in 2017, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying at the time: ‘I am determined to take the bold action needed to protect the public from London’s poisonous, deadly air.

‘I can’t ignore the shameful fact that London’s air is so toxic it harms children’s lungs, exacerbates chronic illness and contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year.’

With the scheme now set to expand to cover all London boroughs from August 29, 2023, what is the current ULEZ charge, and how do you pay it?

Here is what you need to know.

How much is the current ULEZ charge?

Currently, if your vehicle is not ULEZ compliant, you’ll have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 for driving into the ULEZ.

This charge covers cars, motorcycles, vans, and specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes).

The TfL website states that charging days run from midnight to midnight every day of the year except for Christmas Day.

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How to pay the ULEZ charge

There are various ways for you to pay the ULEZ charge.

TfL operates an Auto Pay service that bills both ULEZ and congestion charges to your account every month, with no subscription or renewal fees.

One-off payments can also be made online.

You can also pay the charge through the TfL Pay to drive in London app (available for Android or Apple), which also offers various other services like paying a penalty and checking if an area falls in a ULEZ.

You can also pay over the phone by calling 0343 222 2222 from the UK or 44 343 222 2222 internationally. The textphone number is 020 7649 9123 (if you have impaired hearing).

The lines are open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday but are closed on weekends and bank holidays. 

You must pay the charge by the third day following your journey or risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice.

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