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Over half of London motorists aren’t aware of upcoming ULEZ expansion, finds Motorway

  • Survey by online car marketplace, Motorway, finds majority of Londoners don’t know about ULEZ expansion
  • 67 per cent of motorists have no idea that expansion is coming on Monday
  • Motorway boss says drivers are set for a ‘nasty surprise’

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A new survey has found that over half of the motorists in London are not aware that the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is due to expand on Monday.

The change is set to see the zone extended to include the North Circular Road (A406) and the South Circular Road (A205).

It means that cars, motorcycles, specialist vehicles and minibuses will be required to pay a £12.50 daily charge if they fail to meet the ULEZ emissions standards.


The change marks a huge shake up for Londoners, but a new survey by online car marketplace Motorway, has shown that many remain completely unaware.

Out of the 2,000 motorists asked, a whopping 67 per cent had not idea that the zone is due to expand on Monday.

In fact, though 73 per cent of people were aware that the zone includes Central London, only 29 per cent knew that it stretched across large areas of South West London including Croydon and Kingston upon Thames.

Just 33 per cent knew that the new zone includes areas of West London including Brent and Ealing.


That figure was matched by people who were aware that areas in the north of the city would be covered.

It comes as dealers are being told to start planning for surge in demand for low-emission vehicles as more and more cities introduce ULEZ schemes.

The requirements for the London ULEZ are that motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles must meet Euro 3 emissions standards, while petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles must meet Euro 4 standards.

Diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles, meanwhile, must meet more stringent Euro 6 standards, with lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles required to meet Euro VI standards.

As a result, one in seven plan to sell their vehicle within the next six months to avoid the price increases, with two-thirds of respondents likely to buy an electric vehicle, which doesn’t qualify for the ULEZ charge.

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Tom Leathes, CEO at Motorway, said: ‘Despite having over three years to prepare for the ULEZ expansion, more than half of drivers in and around London are clearly still in the dark about this news and will get a nasty surprise when they cross the north or south circular on Monday.

‘If the car you’re driving means you’ll be charged when you enter the ULEZ, then selling it may be an obvious choice to save money.

‘With used car prices at an all-time high, now is a great time to sell – and even non-compliant cars are going for great prices as those who live outside of Clean Air Zones like the ULEZ won’t be feeling the pinch of these fuel charges.’

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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