Since its introduction, there have been a number of updates to the fees and boundaries associated with the London Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone. The criteria for exemption is tightening, so the question of whether your Lexus is exempt from the charge has probably crossed your mind.
The following is a straightforward guide to the key charge zones that are operational within the capital. We will also identify the Lexus model that qualifies for exemption.
What is the London Congestion Charge?
The London Congestion Charge is a £15.00 daily fee for driving a vehicle through the Ultra Low Emission Zone of inner London. The aim of this fee is to combat traffic and pollution levels in the capital during the busiest times of the day. The charge applies between 07:00 and 22:00 every day except Christmas Day.
The boundaries of the London Congestion Charge zone are set and monitored by Transport for London (TfL). They are clearly indicated by road signs and carriageway markings and include all areas contained within the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
What is the Ultra Low Emission Zone?
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) covers the same area of inner London as the London Congestion Charge. However, the £12.50 daily surcharge for driving within this zone remains active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except Christmas Day. The aim of this fee is to ensure that all vehicles driving through inner London meet a minimum emission standard.
The boundaries of the ULEZ are also set and monitored by TfL. They are clearly indicated by road signs and carriageway markings and include all areas contained within the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).
Approximately 80% of the vehicles on UK roads already meet minimum ULEZ emissions standards (Euro 4 for petrol vehicles and Euro 6 for diesel vehicles) and are therefore exempt from paying this charge.
Is my Lexus eligible for the London Congestion Charge?
At the time of writing, the only vehicles that are now exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge are battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.
This means that the all-electric Lexus UX 300e is currently the only Lexus model to be exempt from the London Congestion Charge. It inherits all the quality, craftsmanship and urban-friendly handling of the UX hybrid compact SUV but with up 196 miles of zero emission driving range.