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  • 08/Apr/2019
  • LONDON Low Emission Zones

    FBHVC advice on ULEZ and LEZ for Historic Vehicles.

    Advice on exemptions for Historic Vehicles from the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge has been issued by the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs (FBHVC) in a Press Release and on the FBHVC website.


    The London ULEZ was introduced with effect from 8 April 2019 and aligns with the existing Congestion Zone. The ULEZ is applicable 24 yours a day, 365 days a year. Any ULEZ charge is on top of the Congestion Zone Charge which remains in force.

    The ULEZ will expand from 26 October 2021 to be the area within the North and South Circular Roads (A406 / A205)


    The Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) surrounds the ULEZ and covers all the remaining area of Greater London (former GLC area) – broadly within the M25 but with exceptions such as parts of Hertfordshire, Surrey, Essex and Kent.
    At present there is no emissions charge for private cars within the LEZ.

    Exemption for Historic Vehicles

    UK registered vehicles in the Historic Vehicles class are automatically exempt from the charge under ULEZ and do not have to register with Transport for London (TfL) to obtain exemption. But the checker guide on the TfL website does not correctly identify this exemption. It is necessary to go farther into the website via the link Discounts and Exemptions. This correctly identifies vehicles over 40 years as exempt but excluding such vehicles used for commercial purposes (e.g. ice cream vans).

    Visitors from Overseas

    For those with historic cars overseas intending to visit London it is necessary to register with TfL (sign in to the website) to obtain exemption from the ULEZ charge.

    London Congestion Charge

    There is no exemption from the London Congestion charge for Historic Vehicles.

    Historic Vehicles

    Official Definition of historic vehicle leading to excemption from ULEZ charge.



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