How Does ULEZ Compliance Affect Vans and Minibuses?

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Andrew Hill • Apr 01, 2019 • Flexible hire

With just over a month to go until the introduction of the UK’s first ever ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone), it is estimated that approximately 80% of vans currently on the UK roads will not be compliant with the standards required by the new zone.

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) which will come into effect from 8th April 2019 means that all vehicles that do not meet the exhaust emission standards will be subject to a daily charge when travelling in central London in addition to the Congestion Charge. Unlike the Congestion Charge it will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and public holidays.

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The ULEZ applies to vans and minibuses including:

  • Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)
  • Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
  • Ambulances and motorcaravans (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes)
  • Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats, not over 5 tonnes

Find out more information here about how ULEZ changes affect HGVs.

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, but:

  • All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard
  • All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

That means, if you operate a non-compliant vehicle within the ULEZ your annual operating cost could increase dramatically as per the table below.


Number of vans/minibuses in your fleet

Daily charge

Weekly charge

Monthly charge

Year charge
















How can I keep up with changing legislation?

Companies across many industry sectors can struggle to predict changes in business demand. Luckily, your fleet capacity doesn’t have to be permanent either.

The time has come for fleets of older vehicles to look at their options for upgrading to a fleet that complies with current and likely future legislation. Commercial vehicle hire is certainly becoming a more attractive option in this respect – especially as it allows you to upgrade your vehicles without major capital investment.

Our flexible hire package is more than simply providing the vehicles you need on a flexible contract. Our proactive vehicle management and maintenance offering and our dedicated account management team will give you expert advice and support to keep your business on the road. Get in touch with one of our flexible hire experts to see how we can help you. We also offer a wide range of fleet solutions in East and West London.

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