The new emissions standards

The ULEZ standards are aligned with European vehicle emission standards that all manufacturers must adhere to. These are known as ‘Euro standards’.

The ULEZ standards vary depending on vehicle and fuel type, as follows:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles;
  • Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles;
  • Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles;
  • Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles.

Does my vehicle meets the ULEZ standards?

TfL have a simple online tool to check whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards. Your vehicle registration document (also known as the V5C) will help identify your vehicle's emissions standard. For newer vehicles, the emissions standard may be listed on the V5C in section D.2.

As a rough guide, the ULEZ standards correspond approximately to the following:

Vehicle type

ULEZ emissions standard

Date from when manufacturers must sell new vehicles meeting the ULEZ emissions standards

Motorcycle, moped etc

Euro 3

From 1 July 2007

Car and small van

Euro 4 (petrol)

Euro 6 (diesel)

From 1 January 2006

From 1 September 2015

Large van and minibus

Euro 4 (petrol)

Euro 6 (diesel)

From 1 January 2007

From 1 September 2016


Euro VI

From 1 January 2014


Euro VI

From 1 January 2014

If you drive a vehicle that doesn't meet the ULEZ emissions standards and the daily charge is not paid, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued to the registered keeper. This penalty is in addition to any Congestion Charge or Low Emission Zone penalties received.

Not meeting the ULEZ standards

Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards, but we need owners of older polluting cars, motorcycles, lighter vans and minibuses to take action. If your vehicle does not meet the criteria, you will need to:

  • Walk, cycle or use London’s public transport network;
  • Upgrade to a vehicle that meets the ULEZ standards;
  • Pay the daily charge.
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