On Tuesday 15 August, The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) held a productive meeting with representatives from Transport for London (TfL) to discuss details of the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), due to come into effect on 29 August 2023.

NFDA raised concerns around the £12.50 daily charge due to be introduced later this month which would place a further burden on motorists, during a severe cost of living crisis, wishing to use their vehicle within the substantially expanded ULEZ area.

Also discussed was the recently enlarged £160m scrappage scheme. NFDA outlined their support but highlighted that only 40% of current funds had been utilised and pushed TfL for more information about how motorists can access these funds and how they will be distributed.

NFDA also expressed their concern that recent media reports of some local councils are not constructing adequate warning signs to inform motorists that they will be entering a ‘charge zone’, TfL confirmed that contingency plans were in place for the scheme due to be introduced in less than two weeks.

We have attached a series of informational documents that TfL have provided us, helping to inform you, your businesses and your customers as the ULEZ expansion approaches on August 29th.

Attached are:

  • London-wide ULEZ and Scrappage Presentation: This is a copy of the presentation that was gone through on the call.
  • ULEZ Informational Leaflet: This is an updated leaflet incorporating all the recent changes to the scheme in an easy-to-utilise format.
  • 2023 ULEZ Map: A graphical mapping of the zone to illustrate coverage across Greater London.
  • Application Process Support: This slide provides contact details for the ULEZ support teams in case any of the businesses you work with have trouble during the application process.
  • ‘Check your vehicle’ tool: For those who are unsure about whether their vehicle is exempt, this online tool will allow them to quickly confirm whether they will need to pay the daily charge for ULEZ by simply entering their registration.

Additionally, TfL is putting together a retrofitting Q&A document which will give more detail on the retrofitting process and will make sure to share this with you once it is finalised. In the meantime members who are interested in retrofitting their vehicle as an alternative to scrapping may find the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) Q&A page helpful – here. It outlines which vehicles are currently capable of being retrofitted and how.

We have now established an official line of contact with TfL, so if you had any questions or feedback regarding the scheme please reach out and we can either relay this to TfL or facilitate a conversation directly.