New London ULEZ charge could hit over 1.6m motorists

The Congestion Charge in London gets extended on February 19, 2007 to include some of the areas of Chelsea  and Kensington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 13, 2007. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA
The Congestion Charge in London gets extended on February 19, 2007 to include some of the areas of Chelsea and Kensington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 13, 2007. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA

A new charge on pre-2005 vehicles to be introduced in London in 2021 could hit up to 1.6m motorists, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The motoring organisation's forecast is around three times that of Transport for London, which suggests just 576,000 vehicles will be affected by the new charge.

The new fee will apply to all diesel cars below the current Euro 6 emissions regulations, as well as petrol cars meeting Euro 3 or below. They'll be subject to a £12 per day charge in an area encompassing all of central London between the North and South Circular roads. The standards would also apply to buses, coaches and lorries.