Motorbike congestion charge on the cards

London traffic and city riding

Motorbikes could be charged £12.50 a day to enter London if an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is brought into place.

Any vehicle entering the ULEZ will be forced to pay a charge if it does not comply with new European pollutant limits introduced to combat nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx).

That means any motorbike that does not meet Euro 3 emissions standards, and is 13 years or older in 2020, will incur the charge.

Currently, motorbikes and mopeds account for less than one per cent of NOx emissions in London and are exempt from any charge to ride in the congestion zone.

And the changes will lead to an improvement in air quality with an estimated 51 per cent reduction in NOx emissions.

If the proposal is passed, the ULEZ will come into place on 7 September 2020, when most vehicles on the road will already be compliant with Euro emissions standards, says Transport for London (TfL).

The ULEZ covers the same part of central London as the current congestion zone and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) will be used to enforce the system.

The consultation into the proposal will finish on 9 January 2015.

You can determine your motorbike or scooter’s Euro standard by establishing its age using your V5C certificate.

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