From today, Monday, October 25, the ULEZ zone will expand to create a single larger zone up to, but not including, the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205) in London. The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day (25 December).
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has championed the expansion, saying it will make the air cleaner in the city.
He said: “Air pollution in our city is a public health crisis.
“It’s making Londoners sick, causing children to grow up with stunted lungs and leading to thousands of people dying early every year.
“The good news is that four out of five cars that currently make journeys in what will be the expanded zone comply with the ULEZ emissions standards.
“Only the relatively small number of older, more polluting vehicles will be subject to a daily charge when driven in the zone.
“As Mayor, I do not take this action lightly – but only because I am convinced it is necessary to protect the health of Londoners and the life chances of our children.
“The ULEZ expansion is the bold action we need to help deliver a greener city, cleaner air and a healthier environment for our children.”
The ULEZ area of operation is expanding to 18 times its original size and is set to impact millions of people.
The area will now include areas like Greenwich, Camden, Kensington and Chelsea and Lambeth, among others.
In addition to the ULEZ, the Congestion Charge is still in operation between seven in the morning until 10 in the evening every day of the year, except Christmas Day.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge also operates at all times, as well as the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Safety Permit for lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
TfL said any money received from the ULEZ will be reinvested into improving the transport network – including its cycleways, buses and Tube – and helping to improve London’s air quality.
Drivers can check their vehicle’s eligibility on the TfL website.