What is the ULEZ and what does it mean for me

POSTED: 29/11/2021

What is the ULEZ and how does it affect me?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was initially launched in London in April 2019, covering the same eight sq mile area as the congestion charge. However, in October 2021, the ULEZ was extended to include all roads within the North & South Circular roads, an increase of 132 sq miles.

Transport for London's ULEZ charges apply to all cars, motorcycles, and vans that do not meet their emission requirements, this charge is currently set at £12.50 per day.

In May 2020, Conservative Greater London Authority (GLA) member Keith Prince quizzed the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, with regards to scrapping the ULEZ charge for motorcycles considering their vital role in facilitating deliveries and their efficient use of road space

The London Mayor responded by saying, "The ULEZ is about reducing emissions – specifically NOx and PM – from vehicles and is not a direct congestion management scheme. The scale of the air pollution crisis in London means that bold action is being taken against all vehicles producing harmful exhaust emissions. 

There is also emerging scientific evidence that air pollution can increase vulnerability to the most severe impacts of COVID-19. I have been clear that everyone must play their part. Although motorcycles may contribute to a relatively small proportion of London’s total emissions, they can be highly polluting on an individual basis. This is why motorcycles will continue to be included in the ULEZ."

How is the ULEZ measured for motorcycles?

Every motorcycle produced in modern times will be manufactured to a set standard called a EURO, which is always followed by a number, for example, EURO 3, EURO 4, or EURO 5
The ULEZ minimum standard is based upon emissions emitted from the particular vehicle rather than the age, or date of manufacture. Generally speaking, the ULEZ emissions standard for motorcycles in the UK would need to be produced to a EURO 3 standard - as a guide this would include machines manufactured and registered with the DVLA after July 2007

My motorcycle was produced before EURO 3 standards, what can I do?

If your motorcycle was produced before July 2007, does not meet EURO 3 standard and you are liable for the ULEZ charge there are a few things you can do before you start paying the daily fee.

Part-exchange your motorcycle

Being a company that sells thousands of motorcycles per year to every inch of the UK we can offer some of the best trade-in prices compared to other dealers who might only operate in the ULEZ zone or surrounding areas.

Coupled with exploring great finance packaged, extended warranties a new motorcycle could be easier, more cost-effective, and a way to future proof your travel within London.

Contact the vehicle manufacturer

If the manufacturer can provide evidence that your particular vehicle produces less than the required ULEZ standard this can be submitted to TfL. They will include your vehicle in the exempt list allowing you to travel freely within the zone.

Present your vehicle for an emissions test

TfL will now accept evidence from selected approved emission testing facilities to support the fact that a motorcycle, regardless of its age is producing less emission than the required ULEZ standard.

Currently, Riverbank Motorcycles is the only approved testing centre suitable for motorcycle emissions that would be accepted by TfL with tests starting at £175.

How can I check if my motorcycle is affected?

Simply enter your motorcycles registration number into TfL's vehicle checking system will let you know what charges you are liable to face if riding in the capital.

Payment can be made online with an auto-pay system available to avoid logging on daily to make payment.

Need help finding a motorcycle to ride within the ULEZ?

Our sales team are always on hand to offer the best advice when looking for a motorcycle that will not only fit you needs, but also avoid any ULEZ fees. Feel free to give them a call on 01156 711094 (Sandiacre) or 01858 288030 (Market Harborough).

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