What is ULEZ?

September 19, 2023

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The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) area has been expanded recently, this is to include most areas within the M25 and yes, that even includes the London Heathrow Drop-off Zone. Today we take a look at what ULEZ is, how to check your car meets the ULEZ guidelines and what cars we offer when it comes to being ULEZ compliant.

What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?

In April 2019 the London ULEZ was introduced to help encourage drivers of high emission vehicles to avoid areas of central London. The original scheme was backed by Boris Johnson when he was the Mayor of London.

The original area covered roughly the same area as the Congestion Zone but from October 2021 the area was expanded to approx. 18 times the size of the congestion zone. It included everything within the North Circular (A406) and the South Circular (A205).

From August 2023, the zone expanded yet again. This time it included all the Boroughs of London, but not including the M25 itself. But if you nip into the ULEZ zone, even for a few minutes, you’ll need to pay.

What cars are exempt from ULEZ?

ULEZ is aimed at the older, higher polluting vehicles so here is a quick cheat sheet:

When does ULEZ apply?

The London ULEZ charge applies 24 hours per day, every day of the year except Christmas Day (25th December).

How much is the ULEZ charge?

For vehicles that do not meet the current ULEZ compliance, you will need to pay a charge of £12.50 per day.

How do I pay the ULEZ charge?

Transport for London (TfL) offers a wide range of solutions to pay the ULEZ charge, which one you decide to use, will depend on the frequency of visits to London. These include:

TfL Website

You can pay a one-off charge for ULEZ or sign up and register for the Auto-pay system to take payment automatically everytime you enter the ULEZ zone. There is an annual administration payment of £10 per vehicle.

Fleet AutoPay

As per the Auto-Pay system but available to business customers with fleets of five or more vehicles. The system provides you login details and you can enter the cars individually or bulk upload.

TfL Pay Smartphone App

You can download the TfL Pay app from either the Apple App Store or the Google Pay Store for free, you can then purchase the ULEZ charge as you need it.

By Phone

You can call TfL to pay the ULEZ by calling 0343 222 2222, call charges will depend on your provider.

London Road User Charging Account

This allows you to use the Auto Pay system for up to 5 vehicles and enables you to pay the ULEZ charge automatically, you can also allow up to 5 users to share your account, ideal for families.

Do London residents get a discount on ULEZ?

There are no discounts or exemptions to those who live within the ULEZ zone, unless you qualify for an exemption.

This includes those who have disability vehicles. Check the website for more information using the links at the bottom of this article.

Do I have to pay the congestion charge as well?

Yes, if you enter both the ULEZ and the Congestion Charging Zones, you will need to pay for both.

What cars do we offer that are ULEZ compliant?

The good news is that all of the vehicles we offer are ULEZ compliant. As this is something we get asked all of the time by those living in London looking for car subscriptions and short-term leases, we thought we’d make it easier by displaying the new ULEZ COMPLIANT logo on the vehicles.

This will be displayed as per the below:

ULEZ Compliant Logo Icon

Download ULEZ Compliant Logo

You can use our ULEZ Compliant logo for free on your websites so long as you use the code below. This can be easily embedded on to your website and will link back to this article. We would ask that you do not make any alterations to the link or the image for it to remain free to use.

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ULEZ Cars Available In-Stock


Q7 Estate

50 TDI Quattro Black Edition [C+S]

Audi Q7 Estate available with 1000 miles per month on a Audi Flexible Car Rental

Specification Includes: Comfort and Sound Pack, 7 Seats, Audi Connect, Amazon Alexa Integration, Audi Drive Select, Audi Phone Box, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Audi Smartphone Interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Audi Digital Cockpit, Digital Cockpit, Bluetooth, Traffic Sign Recognition, MMI Navigation Plus, Voice Control, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Power Operated Tailgate, 48v Mild Hybrid Technology, Adaptive Air Sports Suspension, All Wheel Drive, USB-C Port, DAB Digital Radio, Audi Beam, Roof Rails, LED Headlights, Privacy Glass, Climate Control, ISOFIX, Heated Front Seats, Black Styling Pack Plus, Hill Hold Assist, Keyless Go, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Lane Assist

Availability: In Stock

From: £1795.00 + VAT p/m

From: £2,154.00 inc. VAT p/m


Q8 Estate

SQ8 TFSI Quattro Black Edition [C+S]

Audi Q8 Estate available with 1000 miles per month on a Audi Flexible Car Rental

Specification Includes: All Wheel Drive, Alloy Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Voice Control, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Reversing Camera, ISOFIX, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Titanium Black Styling Pack, Heated Front Seats, Front Super Sports Seats, Privacy Glass, Climate Control, 4-Zone Climate Control, Ambient Lighting, DAB Digital Radio, USB Port, Audi Sound System, Audi Music Interface, Digital Cockpit, Audi Phone Box, Amazon Alexa Integration, Keyless Go, Privacy Glass, LED Headlights, Audi Beam, 48v Mild Hybrid Technology, Hill Hold Assist

Availability: In Stock

From: £1995.00 + VAT p/m

From: £2,394.00 inc. VAT p/m

Land Rover

Discovery Sport SW

1.5 P300e R-Dynamic HSE [5 Seat]

Land Rover Discovery Sport SW available with 833 miles per month on a Land Rover Flexible Car Lease

Specification Includes: Touchscreen, All Wheel Drive, Plugin Hybrid Technology, Adaptive Cruise Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Blind Spot Assist, eCall, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Head Up Display, InControl Remote Premium, Lane Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Pivi Pro, Satellite Navigation, Rear Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, Wireless Smartphone Charger, 7kW Onboard Charger, Terrain Response 2, DAB Digital Radio, Bluetooth, ISOFIX, LED Headlights, Heated Windscreen, Privacy Glass, Electric Front Seats, USB Port, Heated Front Seats, Cooled Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Hill Hold Assist, ISOFIX, Roll Stability Control, Hill Descent Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Keyless Entry, Reversing Camera, Meridian Sound System, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Black Contrast Roof, Fixed Panoramic Sunroof, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels, Secure Tracker Pro

Availability: In Stock

From: £1245.00 + VAT p/m

From: £1,494.00 inc. VAT p/m

More Information

If you would like any further information abut ULEZ or the vehicles/services that we offer here at Cocoon Vehicles, please speak to the team on 01332 290173 or use the ENQUIRY FORM at the bottom of this article.

There are so many circumstances where you may need that flexible vehicle, just call the team on 0330 330 9425 to see how we can help you!

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