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ULEZ generates £220,000 per day in first month

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Transport for London (TfL) has earned £220,000 per day since the introduction of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Drivers of older, non-compliant, cars that enter the ULEZ at any time are charged £12.50 per day on top of the £11.50 congestion charge that operates on weekdays.

New figures released by TfL show that, on average, 17,400 drivers of non-compliant vehicles paid the ULEZ charge every day in April. If non-compliant vehicles were all cars that would equate to £220,000 per day.

HGVs and buses that don’t comply have to pay £100 per day.

Almost three-quarters (74%) of vehicles entering London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in its first month were compliant with new pollution standards, according to the report.

The figures suggest a significant decline in the number of high-pollution vehicles entering the capital since February 2017, when only 39% of vehicles were compliant.

Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London, said: “It's early days, but it's great to see Londoners and businesses are doing their bit to make a difference, with nearly three quarters of the vehicles driving into central London each day now meeting the standards required to turn around this public health crisis. It's vital this compliance is sustained to truly make a difference to our air quality, and as time goes on we will publish more research into the impact of the ULEZ, progressing this ground-breaking, life-saving work even further.”

The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in the central London congestion charging zone. Motorists who drive in the zone in a vehicle that does not meet the new emission standard (petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6) have to pay the daily charge.

There were around 36,100 fewer older, more polluting, non-compliant vehicles seen in the zone on an average day (excluding non-typical days), a reduction of around 58% per cent, from February 2017 to April 2019.

This has already started translating into real-world improvements in air quality, including a reduction of approximately 20% in NO2 concentrations measured at roadside monitoring sites in the zone since February 2017.

TfL highlighted that around 3,000 drivers per day were in contravention of the scheme and issued with a warning notice on the first offence.

Khan has confirmed that the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) will be expanded up to the north and south circular from October 25, 2021.


Number of vehicles driving in the charging zone per day during CC hours

Proportions of vehicles driving in the charging zone during CC hours

Total number of vehicles

Non-compliant vehicles

Compliant vehicles

Non-compliant vehicles

Compliant vehicles

Feb - 17






Apr - 19










Decrease of 31.5 percentage points

Increase of 31.5 percentage points

% change







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  • Tony Richards - 17/05/2019 11:36

    So in the first week they have generated over £1.5 million. Where has this money gone. It would be interesting to see where it is being spent and for what reasons

  • Robert Wilkins - 17/05/2019 16:17

    What would have been the reduction with the normal replacement of vehicles as they get older, without the ULEZ? Why are you a voicepiece for TFL and not examining their figures?

  • Keith Morley - 17/05/2019 16:19

    What % are driven by people who cannot afford a new vehicle? It is a tax on the poor

  • Buckets - 21/05/2019 16:09

    Is anyone monitoring the increase in numbers using public transport? These can be high polluters. What exemption do they have? Increasing a vehicle load can increase CO2 and NO2. 20% is a good start though. Vehicles that have been chipped after sale might qualify for Euro6 when they are new but need to be removed from the road if spotted causing excessive tailpipe emissions.

  • Sue Lewis - 24/05/2019 16:47

    Please can you complete this article by explaining where this money is to be used as all costs seem to come back to the drivers! The poor state of our roads wears out our tyres, worn tyres need to be replaced, the worn roads and worn tyres result in poor full consumption and frequently bad tempers / road rage from the state of our roads! Wouldn't it be nice to improve the life of we road users please?

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