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There are various regulations surrounding the transport industry and one of the main ones you need to know about is the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). It’s highly topical, so if you’re looking into your transport options you might well have some questions surrounding the ULEZ.

Many of our clients ask us about the ULEZ and we know it can cause some confusion, as is often the way with over-complicated sets of government regulations. To help answer the questions you might have surrounding the ULEZ and coach hire, we have put together some helpful tips and information, making it easier to get your head around.





What is
the ULEZ?

The ULEZ is based on vehicle emissions, not their age. Usually, vehicles registered after 2014 will be able to enter the ULEZ without incurring any charges, but there will be some exceptions.

The ULEZ uses a set of emissions standards, called the Euro standards, which first came into use in 1992. If a vehicle complies with the appropriate Euro standard, it can be driven in the ULEZ without any additional charges. There are different Euro standards for different vehicles. Coaches have to meet Euro VI standards, which have a particular focus on the nitrogen oxides that are in diesel.

These are the Euro VI emissions standards that vehicles must meet:

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Petrol vehicles:

  • CO: 1.0g/km
  • THC: 0.10g/km
  • NMHC: 0.068g/km
  • NOx: 0.06g/km
  • PM: 0.005g/km (direct injection only)
  • PN [#/km]: 6.0×10 ^11/km (direct injection only)

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Diesel vehicles:

  • CO: 0.50g/km
  • HC + NOx: 0.17g/km
  • NOx: 0.08g/km
  • PM: 0.005g/km
  • PN [#/km]: 6.0×10 ^11/km

The ULEZ came into force on 8 April 2019 and there are different charges for different vehicles.
Cars, vans and motorcycles have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 to drive in the ULEZ, whereas coaches will be hit with an enormous £100 daily charge. It is also worth noting that the ULEZ is completely separate to the Congestion Charge, so if you drive in these zones you will need to pay both sets of fees.

Whose responsibility is
ULEZ compliance?

ULEZ regulations are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
However, if coaches aren’t compliant, their overheads are going to increase dramatically. This means you could see some companies putting up their prices in order to cover costs, so it can be cheaper to choose a coach company with ULEZ-compliant coaches – not to mention more environmentally responsible. Look out for this in future when booking your coach travel to make sure you aren’t being ripped off.

How do you know if a company
is ULEZ compliant?

If a coach company is ULEZ compliant, they will usually shout it from the rooftops. If a company is keeping quiet about the ULEZ, this probably indicates that they have older vehicles that will incur a charge. If you want to check a specific vehicle you can use the government ULEZ checker tool.