What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?
The London Low Emission Zone is a traffic pollution charge scheme with the aim of reducing the exhaust gas emissions of diesel-powered vehicles in London.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone, introduced in April 2019, applies to all vehicles in central London.
The aim of these zones is to help improve air quality and the health of Londoners.
When, why and to where is the ULEZ going to be extended?
From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ boundary will be extended to create a single larger zone bounded by the North and South Circular Roads. Any petrol or diesel vehicle being driven within this greater London zone will need to meet the tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge.
The expansion of the ULEZ perimeter was decided by Mayor Sadiq Khan to further improve the air quality of the Capital and offer a better experience to residents and tourists alike. The charges collected from the ULEZ scheme will go towards public transportation improvements and cycle paths with the aim of reducing the number of vehicles in the centre of London, thus lowering pollution levels.
What does it mean for larger vehicles?
Larger vehicles such as coaches must follow strict standards to be able to drive in the ULEZ. The main standard for coaches is to have Euro6 compliant engines, which is a framework for keeping the levels of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides & particulate matter emissions under specific, low levels.
Coach operators are charged £100 per day per vehicle if their vehicles are not Euro6 compliant.
How to check if my coach operator is ULEZ compliant?
Now that you know about the ULEZ, you can make an informed decision about the type of vehicle you want to hire. You might want to ask your coach operator if their vehicles are Euro6 compliant, so you know whether you are hiring a green, eco-friendly option or not. If the coach you are hiring is Euro6 compliant, then you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are using one of the best options for transport when it comes to lowering any harmful impact on the environment in line with the industry’s current standards.
At Anderson Travel, we have upgraded all our vehicles to meet the strictest Euro6 standards to offer the best quality service while curbing any negative impact on the environment and human health.