TfL’s ULEZ is expanding – are you ready?

To tackle air pollution, Transport for London (TfL) is expanding the central London ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) from 25 October 2021.

The new zone will form a single larger zone bounded by the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). The North and South Circular Roads themselves are not included in the zone. The new zone also contains the entire borough of Hackney.

The ULEZ will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends (except Christmas day), with a £12.50 daily charge for vehicles that don’t meet the required emissions standards.

Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) will need to meet the required ULEZ emissions standards when driving within and into the expanded zone, or pay a daily charge.

Check your vehicle

Anyone who drives in Hackney should check to see if their vehicle is compliant with ULEZ emissions standards.

The current ULEZ in Hackney

TfL’s current ULEZ operates in central London and covers areas in Hackney to the south of Old Street and Great Eastern Street and to the southwest of Commercial Street.

Vehicles traveling through this zone already need to comply with emission standards if they don’t wish to be charged. TfL operates the ULEZ 24 hours a day, throughout the year in order to make improvements to air quality.


Getting ready for TfL’s ULEZ expansion

Take a look to see what the ULEZ expansion will mean for you, your business, your visitors or your customers.

The Mayor of London has introduced scrappage schemes to enable small businesses, charities and Londoners who are disabled or on low incomes to prepare for the arrival of the ULEZ.

Encouraging sustainable transport

Throughout TfL’s ULEZ expansion the Council will continue to promote and support sustainable and active travel such as walking, cycling and using public transport over the use of a private vehicle.

The Council currently offers the following in support of cleaner and healthier travel alternatives:


Sustainable vehicles


Supporting businesses through the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN)

Ultra low emission streets

Ultra low emissions streets, or ULEV streets operate across 5 streets to the south of the borough including Tabernacle Street, Cowper Street, Singer Street, Rivington Street, and Charlotte Road.

ULEV streets are restricted to ULEV vehicles, (vehicles which emit less than 75g/km CO2), between the hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm, Monday to Friday.

Page updated on: 17 March 2021