ULEZ check if your vehicle is compliant

Check ULEZ compliance. In partnership with TFL and DVLA, the ULEZ checker only requires your vehicle registration to see if your car meets the emissions standards. 

If your vehicle meets the Euro 5 (petrol) or Euro 6 (diesel) standards, then you will be exempt from the daily ULEZ charge. 

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How to use the ULEZ checker?

As you are probably aware, the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (or ULEZ for short) is the Mayor of London’s latest strategy to tackle pollution in London. You may be wondering “Is my car ulez compliant?”.

How do I know if my car is ULEZ compatible?

Enter your vehicle registration to find out if your car is ULEZ compliant/compatible.

Check ULEZ in 2 simple steps

We have developed this handy ULEZ car checker to help you check and figure out if you are liable for the ULEZ charge or not. 

The ULEZ vehicle checker is straightforward:

  1. Enter your vehicle registration
  2. You get a result

Without having to read through extensive lists of definitions, user manuals, and regulations, all you need to do is enter your vehicle registration number.

Once you’ve done that, we’ll let you know if you are liable to pay the ULEZ charge for your vehicle or not.

What should I do after the ULEZ check?

Once you’ve checked your registration, you can browse the rest of our site to find out more about ULEZ including: 

  • ULEZ penalty charges
  • How to pay ULEZ

It is really important you know how to pay the charge if it applies to you as, without prompt payment, motorists are being charged with significant penalties. 

Please refer to our handy guide on paying the ULEZ charge for more information and to arm yourself with the right knowledge. 

Of course, sometimes penalty charges are simply unfair. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to appealing against the ULEZ penalty charge.

What is the ULEZ?

In a nutshell, ULEZ or Ultra Low Emissions Zone is a pioneering scheme that aims to improve Londoners’ health by cleaning up the city’s toxic air. First launched on the 8th April 2019 by the Mayor of London, ULEZ requires all drivers within the city, whether commuters or residents (with some exceptions), to meet the strict emissions standards. 

If your vehicle doesn’t meet the standard, you will be required to pay the daily ULEZ charge to drive within the zone:

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ULEZ Frequently Asked Questions

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 ready.

Take a look at our most asked questions below to get your head around all the ULEZ changes and charges in place:

In partnership with TFL, the ULEZ checker tool only requires your vehicle registration to see if your car meets the emissions standards. 

The ULEZ checker tool will do a thorough search to check your registration details before submitting your results. If your vehicle meets the Euro 5 (petrol) or Euro 6 (diesel) standards, then you will be exempt from the daily ULEZ charge. 

Already an electric vehicle (EV) owner? You are automatically exempt as your car produces zero tailpipe emissions. 

It’s as simple as that. 

Check it out for yourself above.

Covering the T-Zone charge area, ULEZ was born out of the need to tackle the city’s high toxic fume levels. A 2019 study discovered 34 of the city’s schools, colleges and universities all had above legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the area – all in inner-city London. The scheme was rolled out in April that year, and since the high toxic fume levels have plummeted. 

ULEZ, in a nutshell, is a world-leading initiative that aims to encourage London’s residents to upgrade their vehicles to meet the zero-emissions standards. For now, vehicles that meet the Euro 5 (petrol) and Euro 6 (diesel) standards are exempt from the charge. 

What’s more, it’s been a success, and now the rest of the country and the globe are running to catch up.

ULEZ’s main goal is to weed out heavy NO2 and CO2 emissions. With a countrywide ban on new petrol and diesel-powered cars coming into effect in 2030, there’s a lot to look out for!

So if you are currently driving around in a diesel-fuelled vehicle, you are more likely to face the daily charge. 

Here’s a more complete breakdown of ULEZ exempt vehicles:

  • All 100% electric vehicles and hybrids (hybrid standards are set to change in 2030)
  • Diesel vehicles that meet the Euro 6 standards – most vehicles registered after September 2015 for cars and September 2016 for vans will be exempt. Check your vehicle registration for more information
  • Most petrol cars registered from 2005 – as long as they meet the Euro 5 standards
  • Motorcycles registered after July 2007, meeting the Euro 3 standards
  • Most historical vehicles, military, circus, and agricultural/farm vehicles.
  • Vehicles built more than 40 years ago.

Any car that doesn’t meet the required Euro 5 (petrol) or Euro 6 (diesel) standards will face the ULEZ daily charge. With the exception of most vintage vehicles, military, agricultural/farm, and circus vehicles, most cars registered before September 2015 are likely to face the daily ULEZ charge.

Unless your vehicle is 100% electric, it’s worth checking your registration documents or using our ULEZ checker tool to see if your car is exempt. 

Since April 2019, the ULEZ has operated with the Central London area, including the City and Westminster areas. 

After 25th October 2021 expansion, the ULEZ zone covers a much broader area of Greater London. It accounts for the entire area between the A406 North Circular Road down to the West, the A1020 in the East, and the A205 South Circular road. 
Take a look at our detailed 2021 ULEZ map here

Up until the 25th October 2021, the ULEZ charge applied throughout the same area as London’s Congestion Zone.

From the 25th October 2021, the ULEZ zone covers Greater London from the A406 North Circular Road down to the West, the A1020 in the East and the A205 South Circular road. 

If you aren’t sure of where the ULEZ boundaries are, have a look at our helpful guide here

Paying for the ULEZ charge is pretty simple, and you can pay up to 90 days ahead of your journey to avoid any penalties. 

You can pay via the TfL website or register for AutoPay.

AutoPay is linked to the ULEZ identification cameras throughout the city, so your credit or debit cars will automatically be charged whenever you drive through the zone. 

Remember, unless your vehicle is ULEZ compliant, the scheme operates seven days a week, 24hrs a day, all year round (except for Christmas.) So don’t get caught out! 

Here are the daily charges (midnight to midnight):

£12.50 flat fee 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), buses and coaches (over 5 tonnes)

Electric vehicles are automatically exempt as they produce zero tailpipe emissions.

Most hybrids, for now, are also automatically exempt. Virtually all petrol cars sold from 2005, plus some registered between 2001 and 2005, are ULEZ exempt.

Most petrol vans sold after 2006 and motorbikes registered after July 2007 are exempt.

Almost every car registered after the introduction of the Euro 6 standard in September 2015 and September 2016 for vans will be ULEZ compliant.

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