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Ultra low emission zone

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will take effect in central London from 8 April 2019. Most vehicles will be required to meet new tighter exhaust emissions standards or pay a charge to travel within the zone.

ULEZ is coming

What does the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) Islington mean for Islington?

From 8 April 2019, all areas south of Pentonville Road/City Road fall within the ULEZ. (see TFL's map and postcode checker). This covers Bunhill and Clerkenwell wards. Vehicles will need to meet new emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone. The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year and will help to tackle London's toxic air.

All Islington residents (and visitors) should check their vehicle meets the new criteria by visiting the Transport for London (TFL) website. 

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.

Ultra Low Emission Zones general FAQ

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.

Travelling greener

To help everyone get ready for the ULEZ 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:

Supporting cyclists

Greener cars

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 (joint project with Hackney council)

On 3rd September, following local consultation, a ULEV zone will be created in a small 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 be 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 more about how the area will be enforced and about exemptions to the scheme.

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