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If you’re driving a vehicle in London, you may have heard of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). ULEZ is a fee that drivers must pay if their vehicles don’t meet the minimum emission standards. It was introduced in 2019 to reduce pollution in the city, and it covers all London boroughs and the City of London. In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to understand how to pay ULEZ charge.

Step 1: Check if your vehicle is subject to ULEZ charge

Before you pay the ULEZ charge, first, you need to know if your vehicle is subject to the charge. If your vehicle meets the minimum emission standards, you won’t have to pay the fee. You can check whether you need to pay the charge by using our helpful ULEZ Checker or by checking your vehicle’s registration document (V5C). If your vehicle is not compliant, you must pay the daily charge.

Step 2: Register your vehicle

Once you have confirmed that you need to pay the ULEZ charge, you’ll need to register your vehicle on the TfL website. The registration process only takes a few minutes, and you'll need your vehicle's registration number, make, and model, and a method of payment. You can register up to five vehicles at a time, and you can also set up Auto Pay, which automatically pays the ULEZ charge for every day that your vehicle travels within the zone.

Step 3: Pay the ULEZ charge

After registering your vehicle, you’ll be able to pay the daily ULEZ charge. You can pay online, by phone, or by setting up an Auto Pay account. The charge is £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles, and vans. For larger vehicles, like lorries and coaches, the daily charge is £100. You can pay the charge up to 90 days in advance or up until midnight on the day that your vehicle travels within the zone.

Step 4: Check your payment history

You can check your payment history on the TfL website to see if you've paid all the ULEZ charges that are due. You can also see if there are any unpaid charges, which could lead to a fine of up to £160. If you believe that you’ve been wrongly charged or fined, you can appeal the decision through the official channels.

Step 5: Avoid the charge altogether

The best way to avoid the ULEZ charge is to drive a vehicle that meets the minimum emission standards. The standards differ depending on the type of vehicle, so it’s essential to check the requirements for your specific vehicle. If your vehicle is not compliant, you can consider upgrading to a newer, cleaner vehicle or switch to public transport or cycling for shorter journeys.

Paying the ULEZ charge is a straightforward process that can be done online or by phone. It's crucial to check if your vehicle is compliant and to register your vehicle and set up Auto Pay if you plan on driving your vehicle in the ULEZ zone frequently. By following these steps, you can avoid any fines and contribute to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone living in or visiting London.

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Beth Parry

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