Car tax changes: Many drivers exempt from new £12.50 per day fees to launch within weeks

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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The new ULEZ will launch on October 25 as the charging zone expands from Central London to the wider capital. However, drivers in many exemption categories may be unaware they do not need to pay the heavy £12.50 per day fees once the scheme launches.

Many categories will not automatically reduce charges unless TfL is informed of their status.

Many exemption schemes require drivers to fill in application forms or register their vehicle as tax-exempt directly through the Government.

Disabled drivers

Drivers suffering from disabilities are entitled to use the roads without paying ULEZ charges as long as drivers have registered under a UK tax class.

Owners of vehicles that are registered in the “disabled” or “disabled passenger vehicles” tax class will be exempt from the ULEZ fees until 2025.

TfL says drivers don’t need to re-register but owners must be under these two tax classes to receive money off.

To claim vehicle tax exemption, drivers must also include a statement from the Department for Work and Pensions which shows their Personal Independence Payment rate.

Classic cars

Similarly to disabled drivers, classic car owners must have a Government tax exemption class to receive a discount off ULEZ fees.

This system moves on a 50-year rolling system meaning cars built before 1981 are now exempt from paying the fees.

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TfL said cars that meet the criteria but were first registered outside the UK are still exempt.

However, owners will need to register with TfL first before they travel inside the ULEZ zone.

Private Hire Vehicles

TfL has decided to issue a ULEZ grace period to private hire vehicles (PHV) which offer wheelchair access.

However, the exemption is not valid for drivers of these vehicles at all times.

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