Ultra Low Emission Zone

Transport for London expanded the Ultra Low Emission Zone in October 2021. The expanded zone extends up to (but not including) the North and South Circular roads. This means that areas in Barnes, Mortlake, East Sheen, North Richmond and Kew are included in the zone.

Map showing the areas of Hounslow, Richmond and Wandsworth inside the ULEZ expansion zone from 25 October 2021 (pdf, 2.7 MB)

Strict emission standards apply to vehicles being driven inside the zone and any non-compliant vehicles will be charged £12.50 per day. 

Visit TfL website for more details about the scheme, and the vehicle checker – to enable you to find out if your vehicle is compliant.

ULEZ expansion to the Greater London boundary

Transport for London are now considering a further expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the Greater London Authority boundary, which would include the whole of the borough. We have issued a formal response (pdf, 315 KB) to TfL in regard to these proposals.

Access to amenities

We have raised concerns with Transport for London (TfL) about the introduction of ULEZ in the borough, particularly regarding access to essential amenities, such as the Mortlake Crematorium and the borough’s Household Re-use and Recycling Centre, Townmead Road. Non-compliant vehicles would be charged for accessing these amenities. We will continue to lobby Transport for London on this aspect of the scheme.

Air Quality

We are committed to improving air quality in the borough. View Air Quality Action Plan

Low Emission Zone update

Drivers of heavy vehicles (including lorries, buses, coaches and specialist vehicles) need to be aware that TfL are introducing tougher standards for these vehicles across the whole of London. The new standards were introduced on 1 March 2021.

Community Conversation: TfL ULEZ expansion 

We hosted a public meeting on 1 February 2021 for residents to find out more about the scheme and how to prepare. 

View recording of Community Conversation: TfL ULEZ expansion

Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of the key questions and answers raised at the Community Conversation: TfL ULEZ expansion.

What are the standards and how can I know if my vehicle will comply?

Details are set out at TfL website and you can use the vehicle checker which simply requires you to input your vehicle registration number to find out if it is compliant.

When will the charges apply?

For vehicles that do not comply with the standards, the charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I pay the charge?

Details are set out at TfL website - how to pay.

Are there discounts for people who live inside ULEZ?

No. There are discounts and exemptions only for specified vehicles such as historic vehicles. 

Are there exemptions or discounts for disabled people?

Yes. Keepers of vehicles with a 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger' tax class will benefit from a grace period. View discounts and exemptions.

If I live inside the zone and drive to a destination outside the zone, will I have to pay the charge?

If your vehicle is not compliant, the charge is payable for any driving inside the zone.

If I l have a permit for a parking zone that is inside the ULEZ boundary, will I have to pay the charge?

If your vehicle is not compliant, the charge is payable each day the vehicle is driven within the ULEZ. If you drive into a road within the ULEZ, even if only to park, the charge is payable. The charge is not payable on days when the vehicle is parked and not moved. 

Will I have to pay to drive on the South Circular Road?

No, the South Circular Road (i.e. Upper Richmond Road, Clifford Avenue, Mortlake Road, Kew Bridge) is the boundary and is not included in the Ultra Low Emission Zone.  If your journey includes any roads inside the zone, then the charge will become payable if your vehicle is not compliant.

Is TfL providing any assistance with the cost of replacing a non-compliant vehicle?

Details of the car and motorcycle scrappage scheme, providing grants for people in receipt of certain benefits, are available on the TfL website.

Is it possible to adapt a non-compliant vehicle to be able to meet the standards?

It may be possible to retro-fit emissions reduction technology for some vehicles. Find out more about vans, minibuses and and some other specialist vehicles.

Will I have to pay the charge to visit the Household Waste and Recycling Site on Townmead Road?

If your vehicle is not compliant, the charge is payable. Other destinations inside the zone include Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Riverside Retail Park and the National Archives.

What are we doing to support ULEZ compliant travel options?

Car Clubs

All car club vehicles are already ULEZ compliant. Zipcar and Enterprise Car Club operate in the borough and you can find out more on Car clubs pages.

Zipcar has an offer for residents who qualify for TfL’s scrappage scheme and choose to take up car club membership instead of replacing their vehicle.

View how to apply to be part of TfL's ULEZ Scrappage Scheme

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

We are supporting the use of cleaner vehicles and this includes a programme of providing Electric vehicle charging points.

For the latest information on the location, type and availability of all public charge points in Richmond upon Thames and other London boroughs visit Zap Map.

To plan any journey in London by public transport, try TfL's Journey planner.


Some people may be able to swap shorter car journeys for walking or cycling and we are supporting the following schemes:

  • Not sure if you want to commit to buying a bike of your own? Find out more about the Try Before You Bike scheme being provided in partnership with Peddle My Wheels
  • Cycling training is available for all ages to refresh your skills and gain confidence (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Bikehangars provide secure residential cycle parking

More information about the Council’s commitment to walking and cycling is set out in the Active Travel Strategy.

Updated: 21 November 2022

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