War on diesels!
Clean air zone charges: where are Britain's low emission zones?
London is already charging! Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle & Manchester are the latest to announce clean air zone charges!
Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ)
Most diesel drivers will have to pay £12.50 (a day) to drive into the centre of London from April 2019, and similar charges will creep across the country as other regions line up to launch clean air zones in city centres. Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester are the latest to announce forthcoming clean air zone charges.
The plans is to target older, more polluting cars in an effort to cut toxic air pollution. Cameras will monitor traffic to ensure that fees are paid, with the threat of £120 fines if drivers fail to do so.
So what does it mean to you?
Many people are confused and worried about owning diesel cars and the introduction of 'Ultra Low Emission Zones' (ULEZ) in city centres.
Diesel owners will be worst affected, as most diesel cars sold before September 2015 don't meet the latest emissions standard, known as Euro 6, making them subject to the charges. These account for around 9.5 million of the 12.9 million diesel cars on British roads. The majority of diesel vans sold before September 2016 will need to pay too.
Petrol cars built since 2006 will be unaffected, as these are cleaner than older diesels, along with all electric cars and most hybrids.
But the good news is that as long as your car is 'Euro 6' compliant you won't have to pay the charges!
Oh great! How can I check?
Euro 6 became mandatory for all new cars in September 2015. So if you car is a 65 plate (1st September 2015) or newer you probably won't have to pay charges. (But there are some exceptions because there are 2013 and 2014 models (Mazda 6, BMW 530D) that are Euro 6 compliant. It depends on the date when a manufacturer paid to certify some models).
Any easy way to check your car is to use Transport for London's (TfL) vehicle checker:
All you have to do is pop in your reg number and it will tell you if you have to pay charges! It's very likely that if you don't have to pay emissions charges in London you won't have to pay in other cities either!
Of course in London you may still have to pay congestion charges!