THOUSANDS of drivers are facing the prospect of a £12.50 daily charge and expensive fines if they don't act soon.
Changes to an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) mean motorists must check if their car is new enough to escape paying.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today confirmed that the London ULEZ will be expanding, affecting more drivers.
Currently, the London ULEZ includes all areas within the North and South Circular Roads.
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However, Khan revealed it will be expanded to include the whole of Greater London from August 29, 2023.
Once the changes have been made, Transport for London (TfL) reckons 160,000 cars and 42,000 vans will liable for the daily charge.
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Mr Khan said: "Expanding the Ulez London-wide has not been an easy decision.
"The easy thing for me would have been to kick the can down the road.
"But in the end, public health comes before political expediency."
The ULEZ was introduced in London in 2019 and initially covered the same area as the Congestion Zone.
In October 2021 is then expanded to include all areas inside the North and South Circulars.
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The RAC's head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said the changes are "a hammer-blow for desperate drivers and businesses already struggling with crippling fuel costs".
Drivers entering the ULEZ in a car without the required emissions standards and failing to pay the £12.50 daily charge will be fined up to £160.
Currently, petrol cars and vans rated at least Euro 4and diesel cars and vans rated at least Euro 6 can enter London's ULEZ free of charge.
Motorbikes and mopeds need to meet at least Euro 3 status.
To find out if you need to pay, head to TfL's website.
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