London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) aims to improve air quality within the city by discouraging people from driving vehicles that don’t meet emissions guidelines. Currently this means that diesel vans need to meet the Euro 6 standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge when travelling within the ULEZ.
This policy came into effect on the 8th April 2019 within Central London but from the 25th October 2021 the ULEZ boundary will extend to also cover the area within the North and South Circular roads.
How will the
ULEZ affect you?
It goes without saying that you’ll only be affected by the ULEZ if you plan on driving within the area it covers. If you stay outside the zone, it won’t cost you anything to drive a diesel van that doesn’t meet the Euro 6 standards.
However, if you do need to enter the ULEZ area, you’ll want to be driving a van that meets the criteria. Otherwise, you’ll be paying a daily £12.50 charge (on top of the congestion charge). And because the ULEZ charge operates on a 24/7 basis, it’s unavoidable. None of this is good news if you’re trying to keep costs down.
What are we doing in response
to the ULEZ?
We take our responsibility to the environment and to our customers extremely seriously. That’s why we’ve invested in new Euro 6 vans for our fleet so that you always have the option to upgrade to a ULEZ-compliant van if needed. And because we replace every van we retire with a new Euro 6 van, eventually you won’t even have to ask to upgrade – you’ll be ULEZ compliant as standard.
We’re committed to upgrading our fleet because, once the ULEZ expands in 2021, it’ll cover our New Cross branch in South London. If we weren’t doing our bit by then, you’d be charged £12.50 just to drive off our premises. This is completely unacceptable and we won’t let it happen.
The solution – hire one of
our low emission vans
If you’re looking for a ULEZ-compliant van you’ll want to hire one of our low emission vans. The prices for our low emission and our standard vans are identical so it won’t cost you more money to hire one of these upgraded vans. Plus, you won’t have to pay the daily £12.50 ULEZ charge.
Just be aware that you’ll have a higher excess and we’ll require a deposit:
- Small or short wheelbase vans – £200 deposit
- Long or extended long wheelbase vans – £300 deposit
- Luton vans – £300 deposit