Low emission zone London

Important!

London has three environmental zones: London LEZ, London ULEZ, London ZEZ

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone London LEZ - United Kingdom

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 15-02-2019

Type of environmental zone

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle class: van (N1), truck (N2, N3), bus (M2, M3), off-road vehicle (M1, M1G) Special vehicles: waste collection vehicle, tow truck, hearse, snow plough, sweeper, concrete mixer, fire truck, police car, patient transport ambulance
Fuel type: diesel Euro standard: 0-5 (for total weight > 3.5 t), 0-2 (for total weight < 3.5 t)
Badge/registration/authorisation: Entry with registration only. See Special features.

Fines: 290 € - 2300 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The zone covers most of Greater London. All roads in Greater London that are included in Heathrow and parts of the M1 and M4 are in Greater London. However, the M25 is not included (even if it is within the GLA boundary).

Special features: Retrofitting permitted: yes (particulate matter)

No registration required for vans (N1) and off-road vehicles (M1G). Special vehicles: motorised horse box, tow truck, hearse, snow plough, sweeper, concrete mixer, fire truck, waste collection vehicle < 1.205 t. Camper (M1), patient transport ambulance < 2.5 t.

Registrierung unter: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/find-out-if-you-need-to-register/how-to-register

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: LEZ London
PO Box 343
Darlington DL1 9QD
E-Mail: lezlondon@tfl.gov.uk

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone London ULEZ - United Kingdom

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 15-02-2019

Type of environmental zone

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle type: motorcycle (L1, L2, L3, L4, L5), car, camper (M1), off-road vehicle (M1G), van (N1), truck (N2, N3), bus (M2, M3)
Special vehicles: waste collection vehicle, tow truck, hearse, snow plough, sweeper, concrete mixer, fire truck, police car, patient transport ambulance
Euro standard: 0-2 (motorcycles only), 0-5 (diesel), 0-3 (petrol)
Badge/registration/authorisation: Entry with registration only (UK). See Special features.

Fines: 290 € - 1160 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The Ultra Low Emission Zone is located in Central London and is congruent with the area of the old Congestion Charging Zone or T-Charge Zone, which were valid until 07.04.2019.

Special features: Retrofitting permitted: no

No registration required for: campers (M1), ambulances < 2.5 t.

Registration at: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: LEZ London
PO Box 343
Darlington DL1 9QD
E-Mail:lezlondon@tfl.gov.uk

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

The Green-Zones Registration Service: In the London (LEZ + ULEZ) environmental zones, many vehicle types are required to register and pay fees before entering a zone in order to avoid heavy fines.
As registration is complex and time-consuming, Green-Zones will offer a corresponding service for various vehicle types from autumn 2020 and will issue a Green-Zones REG-Certificate for the registered vehicle. Further information will soon be available here: https://www.lez-london.uk
The registration certificate (REG-Certificate) for European environmental zones developed by Green Zones confirms to the buyer that Green-Zones has registered his vehicle for an environmental zone in Great Britain as required by law. The registration certificate is not an official badge/vignette.

Name of the environmental zone: United Kingdom London ZEZ - United Kingdom

Date of entry into effect of the zone: 15-02-2019

Type of environmental zone: Permanent, Mon-Fri 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Vehicle type: all
Fuel type: all except electric, electric hybrid (max 75g/km CO2)

Fines: 150 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The London Borough of Islington and Hackney are districts of London. Both are located directly north and northeast of the city centre respectively.
In Islington the following streets are affected: Charlotte Road, Rivington Street, to the junction with Great Eastern Street.
In Hackney the following streets are affected: Blackall Street, Cowper St, Paul St (north of the junction with Leonard Street), Singer Street, Tabernacle St (north of the junction with Leonard Street), Willow Street.

Special features: Retrofitting permitted : no

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
London E8 1DY
Email: Streetscene.Consultations@Hackney.gov.uk

Islington Customer Centre
222 Upper Street
London
N1 1XR

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

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