The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been expanded to cut pollution in London - and there's new rules to consider.

The zone forces cars and other vehicles with high pollution and inefficient engines to pay a charge of £12.50 for entering the zone that fits around areas of central London.

Islington council explained: "The ULEZ will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends (except Christmas day), with a £12.50 daily charge for vehicles that do not meet the required emissions standards."

According to TfL : "The zone now covers all areas within the North and South Circular Roads. The North Circular (A406) and South Circular (A205) roads are not in the zone."

You should check if your vehicle is suitable before driving in the ULEZ zone.

If you are parked in the zone already and do not drive, you will not be charged (

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Will I be charged for a parked car?

Even a small trip inside the ULEZ zone will mean you will have to to pay the £12.50 charge.

However, if you are parked in the zone already and do not drive, you will not be charged.

The residents' discount scheme has been scrapped.

Previously, this meant that those who already lived in the area were entitled to a discount if they drove their energy inefficient vehicle within ULEZ, but this no longer applies and residents are now required to stump up the full payment.

Avoiding the system is unwise as it relies on traffic cameras picking up your registration.

Anyone needing to pay can do so via the TfL website, over the phone or on the TFL app.

Does my vehicle warrant the ULEZ charge?

The zone will impact millions of drivers in the capital (

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Electric cars are exempt from the charge and are likely the future of motoring, as the UK and the world attempts to reduce its carbon emissions.

Generally, vehicles produced after 2005 reach the required standard and any vehicle built before 1973 are exempt from the charge.

Petrol cars and vans should meet the 'Euro 4' standard, which produces 1g of carbon monoxide per kilometre, while diesel vehicles must keep to the more stringent Euro 6 measure.

Retrofitted vehicles must be ratified by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS).

Affected boroughs

Camden is one of many boroughs inside the ULEZ (

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If you are unsure of if the charge will affect you, make sure to check the map before you travel.

Road signs indicate each point where you are entering the new, expanded ULEZ zone.

Due to the expansion focussing on areas within the north and south circular roads, some boroughs have some areas within the zone, and some without the zone, so residents should be wary even when travelling small distances.

The following boroughs all have some, or all of their area situated within the ULEZ zone:

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