London introduces Ultra Low Emission Zone
Mayor of London announces new Ultra Low Emmission Zone for April 2019Tags: Automotive
ULEZ announced for 2019
From the 8th April, drivers using their vehicles in central London will have to pay a daily charge after Mayor Sadiq Khan brings in Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
The ULEZ will be in operation all year round for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in an attempt to improve London’s air quality.
In a letter sent to the registered keeper of vehicles which may not meet the required ULEZ emissions standards, General Manager of Road User Charging, Paul Cowperthwaite, stated that;
“London’s toxic air contributes to thousands of early deaths each year and is putting the health of children at risk. The ULEZ is central to the Mayor of London’s plans to help clean up our air and improve the health of all Londoners.”
In the same way that company car tax is calculated, the emission standards have been set based on the amount of CO2 a vehicle releases. The move is expected to encourage drivers to switch to vehicles that meet the emissions standards, such as electric cars, or use public transport, cycle or walk instead.
The charge will be £12.50 per day for cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and £100 per day for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and
buses/coaches (over five tonnes).
This is in addition to the central London Congestion Charge, and so potentially presents a significant financial impact upon drivers.
How does this affect CBS drivers?
When an employee takes a car through a CBS scheme, they become the registered owner. However, Car Benefit Solutions remains the registered keeper and retains the V5 document.
- If drivers do not pay the charges in advance and receive a fine, this will be sent directly to CBS.
- CBS will then inform Transport for London (TfL) who signed the Credit Sale Agreement (CSA).
- TfL will resend the letter to the person who signed the CSA. The deadline for paying the fine is reset to allow the employee time to pay. If the fine is not paid, then formal action will be taken by the issuing body in the normal way.
- If the issuing body insists that CBS must pay the fine, this will be taken from the employee’s payroll as part of the agreement.
For information on the ULEZ and a map of where it operates visit the TFL website.
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