drivers are buying "Historic" cars to avoid the ULEZ daily
The daily ULEZ charge for non compliant vehicles driving
in the expanded ULEZ is £12.50 - if
a non-compliant vehicle is used every weekday for 48 weeks a year
that would amount to an annual ULEZ cost of £3,000!
Our Pricewatch spotter Keith Belcher has seen a report
on the MailOnline website which highlights a trend following the expansion
of the ULEZ in London. The trend mentioned there could have worrying
consequences for parts of the classic car market if good pre-1983
vehicles are bought in significant numbers for daily use to save users
the daily ULEZ charge.
reports Londoners are snapping up classic cars in a bid to avoid
the daily ULEZ charge
In August 2023 the ULEZ zone was extended to a far wider area
covering London and its outer areas. The extension has been
very controversial, particularly with many of the outer areas
of Greater London and beyond. Many people living in areas covered
by the larger ULEZ are facing heavy costs with non compliant
cars or the cost of replacing them.
MailOnline reports "dealers
across the capital have noted a surge in sales of cars manufactured
before 1983, which are exempt from the £12.50 daily access
charge as they are classed by DVLA as 'Historic" vehicles
exempt from the daily ULEZ charge".
is behind the new group of buyers in the classic car market?
Many drivers on a tight budget may have been driving an older
vehicle in areas in what used to be the smaller ULEZ until August
2023 when the ULEZ was expanded to reach the outer boroughs
of the London area, in many cases almost reaching the M25 motorway.
Those drivers will now be facing heavy additional motoring costs
from paying the daily £12.50 ULEZ access charges if their
vehicle is not ULEZ compliant. If a car is used every weekday
for 48 weeks a year that would amount to an annual ULEZ access
cost of £3,000!
So what are the options to avoid that annual ULEZ cost?
> Buy a new or secondhand car which meets the emissions
standards so no ULEZ charge is payable. That would probably
need a spend of anywhere between £7,000 to £15,000
or more. A new MG3
for example is available from £13,820 on the road.
> Buy a ULEZ exempt classic car which has "Historic"
road tax status - for example a 5 door hatchback like a pre-1983
Ford Fiesta or Escort of VW Golf for £3,000 to £10,000.
Saving £3,000 a year
on daily ULEZ charges would repay that outlay in between 1
and 4 years.
MailOnline goes on to say "a vintage car dealership said
they had seen customers opting for more affordable classic
cars to avoid paying the clean air ULEZ levy. He branded the
surge in sales 'ironic' as although the cars are exempt from
the charge, the older cars are more polluting than their modern
is now the major deciding factor for most Londoners buying
motors, the car salesman said".
Classic sportscars could also be caught in this trend to avoid
paying the daily ULEZ charge: MG Midgets and MGBs and also
Triumph Heralds and Spitfires for example.