Driving around London: signs of the future
Driving around London: signs of the future
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5 Things to Know to Drive Around London

London traffic congestion is well-known, as is the growing array of measures aiming to reduce it. Here are 5 important things to know if you need to drive around London.

#1 The Congestion Charge for driving around central London

The daily congestion charge of £11.50 (reduced to £10.50 with Auto Pay payments) applies to all except vehicles with CO2 emissions of 75g/km or less, making electric vehicles exempt. The charge applies from 07:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. The zone covers central London; for more details, you can check the Transport for London (TfL) map . Note that discounts are also available to businesses with 6 vehicles or more through Fleet Auto Pay .

#2 The Low Emission Zone

The LEZ, covering Greater London, operates 24/7/365. The charge only applies to older and larger vehicles , such as pre-2006 lorries, coaches and larger vans. TfL’s map shows the zone .

#3 The London T-Charge Zone

The T-Charge, introduced in 2017, applies to vehicles that fail to meet minimum petrol and diesel engine emissions standards – mainly those registered before 2006. This translates to a Euro 4 standard for cars, vans, and minibuses. The daily charge is £10 on top of the Congestion Charge and applies in the same area. TfL publishes a T-Charge checke r.

#4 Driving around London in 2019: the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

The T-Charge is a first step towards the ULEZ, will come into force on 8 April 2019 and will operate 24/7/365. Petrol and diesel vans will need to meet the Euro 4 and Euro 6 standards, respectively, or pay an additional charge of £12.50. Ultra low emission vehicles are exempt, but currently few vehicles apart from all-electric vehicles meet the standard. You can already check your vehicle for ULEZ compliance.

#5 A clear message for the future of driving around London

The message is pretty clear: the most economical way to drive a van around central London, as well as reaping other benefits, is to drive an all-electric van such as the Renault Kangoo Z.E 33.