ULEZ expanded area, August 2023
ULEZ expanded area

As the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanded from 29 August 2023 to cover all London boroughs, more vehicles and journeys, including many by FMB members (especially those in the Southern Region), are now within the scope of the scheme.

What does the Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion mean for FMB builders?

Anyone who drives a vehicle in the area which is not compliant could be liable for a £12.50 daily charge. This includes UK and non-UK registered vehicles entering the zone.

To meet the ULEZ standards, vehicles need to meet required Euro emissions standards:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)
  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles

All diesel vans sold from September 2016 should already meet the Euro 6 standard with all petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 likely to meet the Euro 4 standard as well. Vehicle Registration documents (V5C) will show the vehicles Euro emission standards or NOx or PM emissions and you can also use the TfL vehicle checker (see link below).

What financial support is available in relation ULEZ costs?

While those members based in London may be eligible for support via the scrappage scheme (see Builders’ Blog member update on 4 August), for those who are based outside London but work in the city, there is currently no additional support available for anyone who has a vehicle which does not meet the emissions standards.

To check if your vehicle is compliant or to read more information about ULEZ visit the TfL website.

If you’ve experience of ULEZ, especially if you’re based in the South Region, please do get in touch as I’d be interested in hearing about it.

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Iain Kirtley

Iain Kirtley

Director, FMB South, Federation of Master Builders

With over 20 years’ experience of membership bodies, not for profit organisations and the private sector, Iain joined the FMB in August 2023 from the Chartered Institute of Building where he worked with construction companies of all sizes to support them with training, development and accreditation.