Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas still exceeding the legal limits for pollution across the city. That is why from 25 October 2021, the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205) (the North and South Circular Roads themselves are not in the zone). The expanded ULEZ includes the whole of Islington.
The ULEZ will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends (except Christmas day), with a £12.50 daily charge for vehicles that do not meet the required emissions standards.
Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) will need to meet the required ULEZ emissions standards when driving within and into the expanded zone, or pay a daily charge.
Check your vehicle
All Islington resident (and visitors) should check if their vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards at the Transport for London (TfL) website.
The existing ULEZ area
The central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) currently operates in Islington in all areas south of Pentonville Road/City Road . This covers Bunhill and Clerkenwell wards.
Vehicles using this area need to meet emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone. The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year and helps to tackle London's toxic air.
Residents in Bunhill and Clerkenwell who are registered for the residents' Congestion Charge discount will get a 100% ULEZ discount until 24 October 2021. This will give you more time to change your vehicle to meet the new vehicle emissions standards.
Residents using a vehicle that doesn’t meet the T-Charge emissions standards will continue to pay the T-Charge, at a discounted rate of 90%, during the ULEZ resident grace period. From 25 October 2021, residents must pay the full daily ULEZ charge to drive a vehicle in the zone if it does not meet the ULEZ standards.
Preparing for the ULEZ expansion
Check your vehicle, search the ULEZ expansion area map and get full details about what the ULEZ expansion will mean for you, your visitors or your customers at the TfL website.
The Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help some small businesses prepare for the arrival of the ULEZ. Under the scrappage scheme, eligible micro businesses and charities can apply for funds to scrap up to three older, more polluting vans and charity minibuses and switch to cleaner vehicles. For information, visit the TfL website.
To help everyone get ready for the ULEZ expansion we are promoting sustainable, healthier forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport.
In addition, we are launching a number of schemes and initiatives to give residents alternatives to using their cars for transport:
- Installing cycle storage facilities both on streets and estates and supporting bike sharing schemes
- Improving cycle routes
- Supporting bike sharing schemes
Promoting clean air walking routes
Working with businesses through our award winning Zero Emissions Network (ZEN)
For more information please visit the TFL website.
Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV (joint project with Hackney Council))
A ULEV zone is now in operation in an area close to Old Street station.
The three streets in Islington affected are Tabernacle Street, Cowper Street and Singer Street. These streets have additional, timed restrictions for most vehicles, between 7-10am and 4-7pm, Monday to Friday. Access will is restricted to ULEVs - vehicles that emit less than 75g/km CO2. This includes all (100%) electric and hydrogen vehicles and some of the ‘cleanest’, least polluting, hybrid vehicles.
Find out how the area is enforced and about exemptions to the scheme.