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ULEZ checker LIVE – London ultra low emission zone expansion TODAY – is your area in the zone and how much for your car?

LONDON'S pollution charge zone for older vehicles has been significantly expanded, affecting tens of thousands of motorists.

Drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards are being charged £12.50 to drive in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez).

The charge applies all day, every day, except on Christmas Day.

Drivers who fail to pay face being handed a Penalty Charge Notice of £160, reduced to £80 if paid within a fortnight.

The Ulez has operated since April 2019, but previously only covered the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge.

It now includes all areas within the North and South Circular roads in an attempt to boost air quality.

Read our ULEZ live blog below for the latest news and updates...

  • Small businesses in the capital express concern over charge

    Small businesses in the capital have expressed concern about the impact of the charges.

    Michael Lloyd, managing director of LTC Scaffolding, said his firm has invested £300,000 to upgrade some of its fleet to meet Ulez standards, but still expects to rack up around £2,500 a week in charges for its non-compliant vehicles.

    He told the PA news agency that "most small businesses" cannot afford that expense.

    The Ulez expansion is "a good idea" but it should have been postponed for at least six months," according to Mr Lloyd.

    "The only thing is the timing," he said. "Businesses are on their knees because of the pandemic, and this is just another kick in the teeth."

  • Only 43% of London motorists are aware of the ULEZ charge

    A survey of 2,005 motorists - with at least 1,500 from London and 500 living within an hour of the capital - indicated that only 43% are aware of the expansion.

    More than one million letters have been sent to people who have driven within the new boundaries to alert them, while more than 600,000 leaflets have been delivered to residents in the new area.

  • When are drivers liable to pay the £12.50 charge?

    The charge applies all day, every day, except on Christmas Day.

    Drivers who fail to pay face being handed a Penalty Charge Notice of £160, reduced to £80 if paid within a fortnight.