access for "Historic" vehicles
If you live in the recently expanded ULEZ or intend
driving there, clarifying whether your MGV8 is exempt or not, is not
straightforward. If you use the TfL checker unfortunately it
is not reliable and using it is not recommended. It is better to use
the TfL notes, which have a link to a Discounts and Exemptions
page on the TfL website which is accurate.
MGV8 for ULEZ Exemption?
Factory built MGBGTV8s
Where an MGBGTV8 has been successfully registered with DVLA as having
the Historic road tax class, it's eligible for the ULEZ charge exemption.
Built from 1992 to 1995 the RV8 model will not become eligible for
the Historic road tax class until 2032 at the earliest, so sadly any
use of an RV8 in the enlarged ULEZ will be charged the daily ULEZ
rate, currently £12.50.
Photo credit: :fw
Map credit: TfL
Owners of a classic car with a confirmation from DVLA that their
vehicle has been registered in the "Historic"
road tax class do need be on their guard that information may not
have been passed to or recorded by TfL and that as a consequence a
heavy ULEZ fine may be issued. See the chaos at TfL reported in an
article in the Sunday Times today. More
exemption for Historic vehicles
Two categories of historic vehicles are exempt from ULEZ:
vehicles built before 1st January 1973.
> Vehicles over 40 years old that have been successfully
registered with the DVLA for an Historic vehicle tax class.
Where can you find this information?
See the "Discounts and Exemptions" webpage on the
TfL (Transport for London) website and then click the link to
"Historic vehicles". Link
Note, if your vehicle meets the above criteria but is registered
outside the UK, it is also exempt, but you will need
to register it with TfL before travelling in the zone.
copy of this ULEZ map
- where and when
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day,
7 days a week and every day of the year (except Christmas Day).
In August 2023 the ULEZ zone was extended to the far wider area
shown in the map alongside. 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.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan claims the ULEZ extension is to help
clear London's air but the smell of a brazen money raising policy
is very heavy and unwelcome!
The Mayor needs to pay much more attention to the pollution
from heavy traffic congestion caused by his failure to provide
funding promptly to maintain key bridges over the Thames, like
Hammersmith Bridge. That is far more urgent and necessary -
that 133 year old suspension bridge has been closed to motor
vehicles for over four and a half years since April 2019 and
it is reported
by BBC News that it "will not reopen to traffic until 2027"!
total delay of 7 years! The consequential
congestion on roads in the vicinity with cars idling in long
queues is a very serious health problem for local people and
- article in the Sunday 3rd September 2023
compliant cars are still being fined under ULEZ glitch
An article in the Sunday Times today highlights a worrying problem
that has been revealed with the TfL vehicle data system which
is used to check vehicle numberplates and determine whether
the vehicle has to be charged the daily ULEZ access fee or if
the vehicle is exempt. One driver was fined for breaching emissions
rules when he drove his BMW 320i in the central London section
of the ULEZ zone - in force since 2019 - to drop his father
at a medical appointment. The driver initially decided not to
challenge the fine because his car was registered in October
2000, four years before the standard cut-off date cited by TfL
in its guidance. However, when a friend told him that his BMW,
registered in 1996, was officially compliant, the driver obtained
a so-called "certificate of conformity" from BMW that
confirmed that his car had NOx emissions within the ULEZ range.
He asked TfL to check again. TfL confirmed that his car was
therefore exempt from charges but it has not reimbursed his
Problems with the ULEZ enforcement camera system
Enforcement cameras for the scheme read number plates, which
TfL says are "checked against our database" but has
failed to spot older cars that meet its emission standards.
The problem is affecting drivers of models from manufacturers
including BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes and Toyota. Senior officials
at the Department for Transport called in Trevor Wood, chairman
of the British Independent Motor Trade Association on Thursday
for talks about the scale of the problem. Wood said that it
may affect 100,000 petrol cars registered between 1999 and 2005.
Wood added: "They (TfL) should put the whole scheme
on hold and no fines should be issued until this has been sorted
ULEZ enforcement system has also struggled to recognise vehicles
with personal number plates
Edmund King, president of the AA, said members had also found
TfL was slow to process changes made to vehicle data by the
DVLA. He added: "This means that somebody with a zero emission
electric vehicle who has fitted a personal registration plate
that has been approved by DVLA could still get a ticket for
entering the ULEZ ten days later."
Acknowledgement to Sunday Times
for the article
See a copy of the Sunday Times article on the ULEZ glitch. More