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Ultra Low Emission Zone: London's new pollution charge begins

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London's ULEZ: What you need to know
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force in central London.Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time.Transport for London (TfL) hopes the move will reduce the number of polluting cars in the capital, and estimates that about 40,000 vehicles will be affected every day.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was "important we make progress" in tackling the capital's toxic air.
Most vehicles which are not compliant will have to pay
Vehicles can be checked using TfL's online checker but broadly speaking, those which are non-compliant are:
motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards (pre-2007 vehicles)
petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards (vehicles pre-2006)
diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards (vehicles pre-2015)
Buses, coaches and lorries will need to meet or exceed the Euro 6 standards or pay ?100 a day
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TfL estimates the initial scheme will lead to a reduction in toxic emissions from road transport by about 45% in two years.Mr Khan said London's air pollution was a "public health emergency" and it was the "poorest Londoners that suffer the worst quality air".
Charges apply for entering the zone seven days a week, 24 hours a day
However, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said many small firms were "very worried about the future of their businesses" as a result of the "additional cost burden".Some drivers have also spoken about their anger that governments had previously recommended buying diesel cars which are now being targeted in particular by the charge.
UK air pollution
Air pollution
London
Transport for London
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
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