London Congestion Charge and ULEZ – is my Toyota eligible?

Mirai in the city

Due to a number of changes to the London Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), the above question has possibly crossed your mind. As the criteria for exemption tightens, so the vehicles that qualify for exemption have altered over the years.

The following is your straightforward guide to the key surcharge zones which are operational with the capital, and whether your Toyota qualifies for exemption.

What is the London Congestion Charge?

The London Congestion Charge is a daily fee for driving a vehicle through central zones of London. These zones are set and monitored by Transport for London, also known as TfL. The charge applies between 0700hrs and 2200hrs every day except Christmas Day.

The charge, together with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (see below), has been introduced to combat traffic and pollution levels in the city.

Is my Toyota eligible for the London Congestion Charge?

Almost all Toyota models sold in the UK are eligible to pay the charge. At the time of writing, certain cars qualify for a Cleaner Vehicle Discount from the charge.

The London Congestion Charge rules changed on 25 October 2021. From that date, only battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles – such as the Mirai – are eligible for the Cleaner Vehicle Discount, unless owners are in receipt of another discount or exemption.

For more details of the surcharge, including details of exemptions and discounts, please visit TfL’s official page by clicking here.

What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is area of London within which a toxicity surcharge is applied in addition to the London Congestion Charge. The boundaries of the zone are demarcated by road signs and carriageway markings.

All vehicles driving in central London now need to meet a minimum emission standard, or pay a daily emissions surcharge in addition to the London Congestion Charge. The ULEZ is active 24 hours per day, seven days per week, except Christmas Day.

From 25 October 2021, the existing central London ULEZ expanded to create a single larger zone up to, but not including, the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).

Four out of five vehicles on the UK’s roads meet the current ULEZ emissions standards, so do not have to pay this charge. TfL’s website features a ‘check your vehicle’ tool so owners can find out whether their specific vehicle meets the standard. To use that tool, and for more details of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, check out TfL’s page by clicking here.

Mirai London Congestion Charge

Details in this article were correct at the time of publication.

59 comments

  1. Hello
    I’m considering buying a three year old petrol Aygo and wondered if it will be exempt from the Ulez charge, please? I live within Zone 2.
    Thanks

  2. We have an unusual small Toyota concept car called WILL VI from 2000.
    Is there any way to find out the car’s emissions specifications?
    They should be in the registration certificate but aren’t.
    Many thanks.

      1. The Toyota Will Vi first vehicle registration in the UK is W556VLB from 2004.
        We believe it was manufactured in 2000.
        I’m looking for the car’s actual emissions specifications to see if there is any way it could qualify for ULEZ standards.
        We love this car so much! as do many people on the street.
        Thank you
        Alma

      2. Hi Alma,
        As this is a non-UK vehicle, we do not have this information available.
        We apologise that we cannot help further.
        Thanks.

  3. i have toyota corola 1.6 year 2001.. i cant get the site working, does anyone know if it is ulez compliant.

  4. I have a Toyota Land Cruiser registration WU15 PXW.How can I change my vehicle to Ulez compliant to meet the standards. Thanks.Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff, thanks for your comment.

      It is not possible to change your vehicle to make it ULEZ compliant.

      Thanks.

  5. My Toyota Corolla is a 52 plate yet it seems to be exempt from all LEZs, including London’s ULEZ. How can this be? (not that I’m complaining)

    1. Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Toyota has always been at the forefront of emissions reducing technology so vehicles may well be exempt from the ULEZ charge.
      If you are unsure, please check with TfL.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Vinnie,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We would recommend entering number plates into TfL’s page to see what vehicles are compliant.
      Thanks.

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