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Are you up to speed with ULEZ?

26/02/2019

Are you up to speed with ULEZ?

If you’ve just read the title and thought “ULEZ…what on earth is that?” read on….

To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019 – this will be in the same area as the Congestion Charge. 

Most vehicles including vans will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or be liable for a daily charge to drive within the ULEZ area.

What are the charges?

The ULEZ daily charge will be £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)

The Penalty charge has been set at  £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.)

The ULEZ daily charge will be in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge and will replace the T-Charge.

TFL say they would rather encourage drivers to drive vehicles that comply with the stricter emission standards rather than pay the daily charge – so if you’re driving an old van and know you are not compliant, why not look into the cost of leasing a brand new van. It might cost you less than you think. View our offers here.

From 25 October 2021 the area will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

When ULEZ operates

The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight. If you drive within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you will be liable to pay two daily charges if your vehicle doesn't meet the ULEZ standards.

Which vehicles are affected?

Vehicles included are:

·      Small vans (weighing up to and including 1.205 tonnes unladen weight)

·      Larger vans, 4X4 light utility vehicles, motorised horseboxes, pickups (over 1.205 tonnes unladen weight up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)

·      Ambulances and motorcaravans (2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes)

·      Minibuses (more than 8 passenger seats, not over 5 tonnes)

Minimum emission standards

·      Petrol: Euro 4

·      Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age, however:

·      All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard

·      All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

If you drive a van that it currently meets the Low Emission Zone emissions standards, it may not meet the new ULEZ standards. Check if your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards using this handy ULEZ vehicle checker.

All of our leasing deals can be found here and our friendly team is on hand to answer your questions. 

The Citroen Berlingo - what the reviewers say.

26/02/2019

The Citroen Berlingo - what the reviewers say.

The Citroen Berlingo is a small van that represents great value and is one of our most popular lease van offerings!

It offers a large comfortable and spacious interior, economical diesel engines, and it's highly practical for a small van. 

The Citroen Berlingo is one of the best selling vans across Europe and is credited with being versatile, economical and good value as well as having a range of ready-made conversions to choose from. 

The Berlingo comes in two body lengths, L1 and L2, and was one of the first vans to offer a collapsible passenger seat to increase load length for especially long items. Other practical elements of the Berlingo include clever and generous in-cab storage and a roomy cabin (great for 2) - this is a practical and functional van. 

Performance and refinement is good on all models, though go for a higher-output diesel (at least 90hp) for the best experience.

Click here to find out more about the Citroen Berlingo leasing deals we are currently offering.