If you’re curious about the location of the ULEZ cameras, you can use our tool to understand the area better.
To manage the ULEZ zone, Transport for London uses multiple cameras located all around central and greater London to monitor which cars enter and exit the Ulta Low Emission Zone.
There are thousands of cameras not only around the perimeter of the area but also in some key locations within the zone as well. We know about roughly 2,800 ULEZ cameras. These cameras record your number plate and then check it against their database to see if your vehicle needs to be charged for entering a low-emission zone.
Thankfully, the locations of many of these cameras are public knowledge. Because of that, we’ve been able to put together an interactive map of the ULEZ zone that shows every known location of a ULEZ camera.
There are certain areas and entrances to the ULEZ zone that aren’t guarded with cameras or that have cameras that have been disabled. Annoyingly for drivers, information about these areas hasn’t been disclosed to ensure that these routes and locations aren’t exploited.
Plus, the ULEZ zone has expanded to include all London boroughs. There are now plenty more cameras on turnings from these roads. The issue is that the location of these cameras isn’t yet widely known.
If you’re curious about the known locations of ULEZ cameras, you can use our tool to understand the area better.
You’ll find that the original ULEZ area mirrors the congestion charge zone. This means that you’ll likely find most of the cameras around the parameter of this area. With the recent expansion, more cameras will be installed all around London.
The original ULEZ zone where the majority of cameras can be found in all contacted within the A501 in the north, A1210 in the east, Tower Bridge Road and the A201 in the south, the A3204 and Vauxhall Bridge road, and the A4202 in the east.
These roads all connect to create a semi-ring road around the area, meaning that any route that turns off these locations into the ULEZ area will likely have a camera.
As well as this, all the significant bridges within the ULEZ area will also have a camera. There are also a few other internal locations to spot drivers making journeys that start and end within the ULEZ area.
Currently, more cameras are being put into place around all London boroughs. This ensures that the entrances and exits to the new ULEZ zone are covered and well-monitored.
The exact locations of these new cameras aren’t yet known, but to make sure that they do not catch you out, you should expect to find one on any turning from these roads into the centre of the city.
That said, the ULEZ zone itself is very well signposted, meaning that you will very much be aware when you’re nearing a ULEZ zone or are about to enter one.
To give you up-to-date information, we’ll make sure to update our map when new camera locations become available.
Much like the ULEZ zone in general, the cameras that motor the cars that enter it will be on continuously for 24 hours, seven days a week. There may be instances where a camera is down for it to receive maintenance; however, information about each specific camera and its status is confidential and isn’t available to the public.
This means that no matter what day or time you drive, you’ll likely be recorded on a camera that will see if you need to pay ULEZ or not. They are tough to avoid, although knowing where the cameras are can help you.
By knowing where the main cameras are located, you will be better equipped to plan your journey around them so that you don’t have to enter the ULEZ zone if you don’t want to.
Knowing where key cameras are can help you plan alternative routes for your journey, helping you avoid them and any charges. Most alternative routes will likely lead you away from the ULEZ zone, which could increase your potential journey time, but it will save you money.
There are many apps and software that you can use that will alert you if you’re approaching a ULEZ camera. Apps like Waze are navigation apps that will alert you when one is near and help you create the fastest alternative route that avoids them. Plus, because Waze allows users to report incidents and road features, drivers can report if any new cameras are put up, helping you to keep up to date about the cameras.
Not quite sure about all the smaller details? Following the success of London’s ULEZ, clean air zones are being set up in some of the UK’s biggest cities like Birmingham, Bath, and Manchester. So it’s worth getting ahead of the game to make sure your vehicle is ULEZ exempt.
Take a look at our most asked questions below to get your head around all the ULEZ changes and charges in place:
If a ULEZ camera picks up your vehicle, your number plate will be searched to see its emission level. You'll have to pay the ULEZ charge if it's not under regulations.
The ULEZ and the congestion charge are two separate charges. The ULEZ is where you're charged if you enter a particular area with a car that produces too much CO2. The congestion charge simply charges all cars that enter the area, as its purpose is to reduce the amount of traffic and not emissions.
Despite being different charges, they share the same area, which means that you could be charged both the ULEZ and the congestion charge if you drive through specific locations.
The ULEZ will likely play a massive part in London's future for many years to come. The scheme is no older than four years old, and it has already made major changes to the pollution level in the city. It will certainly be in place until the capital meets national and international green targets.
In August 2023, the ULEZ zone expanded to contain even more of London and the surrounding areas.