London Leading From the Front | What is ULEZ
From 8th of April Londoners will experience the onset of the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone). This new addition to the emission reduction strategy in London is aimed at improving the air quality for all Londoners. In this short article, we will go through what the ULEZ is, how it may affect you and your company and what companies like FYSLA are doing to avoid it.
WHAT IS ULEZ?
ULEZ is a new scheme by the DfT (Department for Transport), the basic principle of this new charge scheme is to reduce exhaust gas emissions of diesel-powered commercial vehicles in London. This, of course, will affect a wide range of vehicles that operate within the zone, something we will get more into later in the article. This comes into effect from 8th April 2019 with plans to extend dramatically by 2021.
SO WHERE IS THE ZONE?
Below you will see a map provided by the TFL that states the location and range of the charge scheme. It also shows the plans for the ULEZ in the coming years.
WHAT THE ULEZ MEANS FOR LONDONERS
If you are a Londoner or travel a lot throughout London, especially the central region you will soon face charges if your vehicle does not adhere to the roles. There are plenty of tools online to help you find out if your vehicle is exempt from the charge, such as TFL checker here https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/check-your-vehicle.
WHAT ULEZ MEANS FOR TAXI’S
London Taxi Cabs and specifically Hackney Cabs are exempt from the charges. These taxi’s are subject to a 15-year age limit and new emissions standards have already been introduced for them. Check out this article by the TFL on how they plan to have the cleanest taxi fleet in the world. https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/emissions-standards-for-taxis.
ULEZ FOR PRIVATE HIRE
Private Hire vehicles are different from taxi cabs as these are pre-booked vehicles that don’t adhere to a Hackney Cab License, basically restricting how they can carry their customers. All PHV operators will face the charge unless their vehicles meet the restriction. Only Wheelchair Accessible vehicles will have some exemptions, they will not be subject to the charge if they are carrying passages. At all other times, they will be set with the same standards as other PHV’s.
So how much will none ULEZ PHV operators have to pay?
With the new London ULEZ Charge Scheme in place if your vehicle doesn’t meet the regulations you will face the following charges:
“Daily ULEZ charge: £12.50
Penalty charge: £160 (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days)
The daily charge will run from midnight to midnight, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
These are in addition to any Congestion Charge that applies. (Cars are not subject to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).”
One Company that is avoiding these charges and providing their customers with a low emission service is FYSLA.
WHO ARE FYSLA?
Driving for excellence and improvements, FYSLA Luxury Travel was set up to be mindful of offering the very best in convenience, luxury and above all, its impact on the road. As we are aware many private high companies command miles of our roads on a day to day basis. You can often see a convoy of High-end saloon cars stampeding up and down the M1 with a solitary Director or CEO occupying a seat in the rear. Often, you might not realise, but these vehicles come with a heavy tax and emission bracket, along with the price tag.
FYSLA VS ULEZ
With this in mind and always keeping an eye on current trends and plans, FYSLA luxury Travel made sure they got the right vehicle for the job. In October 2017 they set out to offer a single type vehicle choice. The introduction of the Mercedes V Class was brought to the market. Offering up to 7 passengers at a time and with the inventive implementation of WIFI, TV along with a pull-out desk. FYSLA reimagined how you commute without losing downtime on business and how you can travel along conscious that your environmental impact is kept low. Fully loaded, this vehicle can achieve 45mpg on motorways. Its use of ADblue, fuel along with the diesel engine keeps its emissions at 160g/km vs the Mercedes S Class running at 247g/km and only offering half the passenger load.
In our recent chat with the owner of the business, he was able to give us an insight into his plans in the future. He also informed us of what he does to keep ahead of the trends.
“It is really important to us to make sure we created a business conscious that we move with our countries vision for greener forms of transport. We keep in constant contact without local Mercedes provider, keen to be able to offer the next generation of vehicle” Ross Lethbridge.
The owner of FYSLA Luxury Travel came from an aviation background where fuel consumption counts for almost half of the airline’s overheads. Because of this Ross has always had an understanding of environmental impact. He added “we know that fuel is the major player in our business. Being able to offer the most efficient vehicle on the roads will help us and make our customers feel more comfortable. Helping them make the right choice for commuting, travelling or whatever their use for our services might be. We intend to be at the edge of that curve in changes to the way we travel”. Ross’ has an option with his Mercedes dealership on the first hybrid Mercedes V Class, which is due to the marketplace in early 2020.
Keep an eye out for ULEZ and consider Chauffeurs with an environmental focus such as FYSLA for your next business transportation needs.
Our thanks to Ross from FYSLA for his help and support in making ULEZ a little clearer for us all.