The deadline for applications for the Ultra-Low emission zone (ULEZ) short-term grace period is approaching soon and Tfl wants to ensure that everyone who is eligible is aware of the option and how to make an application.

Eligible businesses can apply for a short-term exemption from the ULEZ daily charge for their current non-compliant vehicle, if they have a new vehicle or retrofit ordered before the 29 November 2023.

This ULEZ short-term grace period is open to small businesses (under 50 employees), micro businesses (up to 10 employees), charities and sole traders with a registered address in one of the 32 London boroughs or the City of London, who have either:

  • Ordered a newly manufactured light van or minibus that meets the ULEZ emissions standards or
  • Booked their light van or minibus, that does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards, to be retrofitted by a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) approved fitter to meet the ULEZ emissions standards

There is no limit to the number of vehicles you can apply for, but each vehicle will need a separate application.

Successful applicants won't need to pay the ULEZ daily charge for their non-compliant vehicle from the date their application is accepted until the date they have told us their new vehicle is being delivered or their non-compliant vehicle is being retrofitted (up to 29 May 2024 - whichever is earliest).

There will be no exemption from the charges beyond 29 May 2024. If a non-compliant vehicle hasn't been replaced or retrofitted by the time your grace period ends, then you will need to pay the ULEZ daily charge.

For more information on the short-term grace period, please visit the TfL ULEZ Discount and exemptions webpage under the Business and charity short-term grace period link. This page outlines the evidence that you will be required submit for each application and the link to the application portal.

Find TfL Retrofit FAQ’s which explains the whole process and how to undertake a retrofit for an eligible vehicle HERE.