To save you the trouble, we’ve made the ULEZ postcode checker tool as straightforward as possible. Simply enter your postcode, such as E1 6AA, EC2A 3HX, EC4R 9AF, click ‘Check Postcode,’ and you will get your results straight away.
ULEZ Zone Postcode Checker
As of 25 October 2021, ULEZ covers a single larger zone up to, but not including, the North Circular Road (A406) and the South Circular Road (A205). 18 times the original size, an estimated 3.8 million residents will be affected by the benefits and knock-on effects of the scheme.
Which vehicles are exempt?
Typically any car sold before 2006 is considered ULEZ non-compliant, meaning that your car’s tailpipe emissions are likely above the strict EU emissions standards. You will be expected to pay the daily £12.50 (£100 for lorries, buses, and coaches) fee to drive anywhere within the zone.
To avoid paying the ULEZ charge, your vehicle needs to meet the following current standards:
- Petrol cars & vans: Euro 4 standards (vehicles registered before 2005 typically don’t qualify)
- Diesel cars & vans: Euro 6 standards (most vehicles registered before 2006 aren’t compliant)
- Motorbikes: Euro 3 standards (generally most pre-2007 don’t meet the requirements)
- Buses, coaches & lorries: must meet Euro 6 standards
Other exemptions include any pure electric vehicle (EV) as they produce zero tailpipe emissions, vintage vehicles built prior to January 1981, and some types of agricultural and industrial vehicles. Check our ULEZ checker tool here to see if you are liable to pay the charge.
Look out for signage
Throughout the ULEZ area, there are signs at every entry point so you can see when you have entered the zone. There are also a series of ULEZ information signs installed on surrounding major roads.
Don’t expect to see any barriers or toll booths installed within the ULEZ boundary. Instead, a series of over 1,300 number plate recognition cameras are dotted throughout the city so that your information can be checked against the TfL’s database. This will alert them automatically whether or not your vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards.
Failure to register and pay any fees (if applicable) will earn you a £160 fine every day you drive within the zone.
How do I pay for ULEZ?
If your vehicle is non-ULEZ compliant, you will have to pay the £12.50 daily fee (or £100 for lorries, coaches, and buses), no matter how far you travel within the zone.
While there are exceptions to every rule, such as owning a vintage vehicle built prior to January 1981, anything that doesn’t meet the strict rules will face a charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, except Christmas Day. This can be paid up to 90 days in advance of travel, either: