The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) came into effect in London this week

(on the 8th of April).

That’s why we at Leeds Trailers decided to provide an update. (See our previous congestion charges overview article).




London’s ULEZ is currently an area around the City and the City of Westminster.

London now has three different emission zones:

· The Low Emission Zone (Greater London) is a daily charge of £200 for HGV and specialist heavy vehicles that don’t meet the Euro IV diesel standards.

· The Congestion Charge Zone (Central London) is a daily charge of £11.50 (or £10.50 Auto Pay) Monday to Friday between 07:00 and 18:00.

· The new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (Central London until 2021) is a daily charge of £100 if the commercial vehicle doesn’t meet the Euro VI standards.

The ULEZ zone is set to include all areas between the North and South Circular of London by October 2021. The ULEZ is set to reduce the city’s emissions by 45% in two years. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has raised concerns over how the daily additional cost could impact hauliers.



The UK government gave Leeds permission to pursue the city’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plans in January 2019. The congestion charges will impact HGVs, coaches, buses and taxis that do not meet minimum emission standards.


Vehicles from 2013 with Euro 6 and vehicles from 2005 with Euro 4 engines, as well as battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are classed as acceptable emission standards.


The Leeds CAZ starts on 6th January 2020.

Update 2019: The Leeds CAZ is currently delayed until further notice, as there is a delay with implementing the technology.

Affected vehicles will be able to pay online. A network of cameras will use automotive number plate recognition technology to monitor the zone. This zone includes the area inside the city’s outer ring road (soon to be the Leeds East Orbital Ring Road), as well as Farsley, Colton, Moor Allerton and Hunslet.

The project cost £29 million of which £23 million is set aside to help businesses adjust to the new emission standards. The Leeds CAZ is only applicable to commercial vehicles. The daily charge for non-compliant heavy goods vehicles is £50.



Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) currently only applies to local buses, but it will include all vehicles by 31 December 2020.

The acceptable emission standards include:


· Euro 4 for vans and specialist vehicles

· Euro 6 for diesel vans and specialist vehicles

· Euro VI for lorries and other specialist heavy diesel engine vehicles


The Glasgow LEZ doesn’t apply charges, but will ban vehicles that don’t meet the set emission standards.


Update Summer 2019: There is a delay with the Birmingham CAZ due to a delay with implementing the technology. 

The Birmingham CAZ is under consultation until 26th April 2019. All roads within the A4540 Middleway ring road will be affected with both private cars and commercial vehicles having to comply with the emission standards. The ring road itself is not included in the zone.

The charges for non-compliant private vehicles is £8 per day and HGVs £50.

Unlike other UK zones there are some initial exceptions that are relevant for commercial vehicles:


· A 1-year exemption for commercial vehicles registered within the zone

· A 1-year exemption for commercial vehicles with finance agreements beyond 2020 and which are registered in the zone


Like in Leeds there will be no tollbooths, but payment online with cameras using automotive number plate recognition technology to monitor charges.

Nottingham – CAZ stopped


In our last congestion charge update, we mentioned the criticism that Nottingham’s CAZ was facing. It has since been decided that Nottingham will no longer have a CAZ.

The city has instead opted to tackle its emission goals through other methods, such as replacing the council’s heavy and specialist fleets with electric vehicles.

Southampton – CAZ stopped


Southampton’s previous green plans have led to a 24% decrease in dioxide emissions, meaning that these alternative options are successful. The city council announced in January 2019 that the previous CAZ plans are cancelled.

Derby – CAZ Alternative


Derby was the first city to opt for a different emissions solution to the standard CAZ. Since it announced the results of the CAZ consultation with businesses and residents, it has gained approval of its alternative plans. A traffic management scheme to reduce overall congestion will be put in place instead of a CAZ.


Bristol – delayed until 2020

March 2021

Bristol was set to start a CAZ in 2019, but this has now been postponed until 2021. A consultation of 5 different zone plans took place in the summer of 2019.

Update November 2019: The new clean air zone plans will be announced February 2020. The latest update from This is Money reports a £100 fee for HGVs that aren’t Euro 6, and a complete ban of privately-owned diesel cars between 7am and 3pm in the zone that spans across M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside and part of Hotwells.


CAZ planned for 2020


Oxford, Sheffield and Bath have all opted to add a Clean Air Zone in 2020.

Oxford plans to ban unloading and parking during certain hours in the city centre by vehicles that don’t meet the emission standards. In 2035 all petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from the centre.

Update January 2020: the Road Haulage Association has criticised Oxford’s proposed Clean Air Zone. According to Forwarder Magazine, the RHA have accused town hall chiefs of effectively imposing a tax on businesses, with costs passed on to customers as a result. The RHA’s chief executive, Richard Burnett, said the council has failed to show how the zone will improve air quality, and should focus on improving infrastructure instead.

The Sheffield CAZ will apply to HGV and specialist vehicles that don’t meet emission standards. These vehicles will be charged £50 a day to enter the city from the inner ring road.

The Bath CAZ is set to launch at the end of 2020. The zone will apply charges to HGVs and traffic management in Queen Square will accompany it. Public opinion is currently very negative. The plans may still change like in Nottingham or Southampton.


Future Clean Air Zones


The following cities are either discussing or have decided upon CAZ plans.

· Leicester -previously cancelled – now set for 2026

· Liverpool – being discussed

· Cambridge – being discussed and most likely to affect HGVs

· Manchester – planned in but little detail

· St Albans – being discussed

· Warrington – being discussed

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