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Ultra Low Emission Zone payments in London and Irish registered car

  • 30-03-2022 10:01pm
    Registered Users Posts: 16 raddoc

    • - Asking for a friend - Will accidentally wandering into the ULEZ in London in a non-compliant Irish registered car result in a fine? Can payment of that fine be pursued in Ireland?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,658 ✭✭✭✭ Spook_ie

    Answer for your friend, get a sat nav and don't enter it other wise face hassle from EPC

    Overseas car drivers facing fines for entering the Low Emission Zone (1)

    Answered By: 

    The Mayor


    Wednesday, 11th March 2020

    The London wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ) has been in operation since 2008 and, as evidenced by the very high compliance levels with the required emissions standards, is now fully embedded.

    Larger vehicles such as Heavy Goods Vehicles, lorries, buses and coaches that do not comply with the relevant emissions standards are subject to a £200 daily charge or £1,000 Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for non-payment of the charge. Smaller vehicles such as vans, minibuses, horseboxes and 4x4 light utility vehicles are subject to a £100 daily charge or a £500 PCN for non-payment. Penalties increase by 50 per cent if a PCN is not paid within statutory timescales. The relevant daily charges and PCN levels for vehicles registered overseas are the same as those that apply to UK registered vehicles.

    Detailed information about the scheme is available on the Transport for London (TfL) website, explaining to vehicle owners how the LEZ operates, who is affected and the required emissions standards including how to pay if drivers wish to continue to use a vehicle that doesn’t meet the required emissions standards. The website also includes a vehicle checker which all drivers can use to check if their vehicle is affected.

    Any driver who receives a PCN can challenge the PCN by making a representation. If a driver can show that their vehicle is compliant with the emissions standards, the PCN will be cancelled. TfL uses a debt recovery agent, EPC, to issue PCNs to the owners of vehicles registered outside the UK. EPC do not add any additional fees to the amount collected on behalf of TfL.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,535 ✭✭✭ ba_barabus

    EPC, they sent me a love letter before. I filed it in the bin and that was the end of that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 raddoc

    Thanks for your comments.

  • Registered Users Posts: 255 ✭✭ WicklowTiger

    Just wondering if your friend had any issues? Friend of mine possibly in the same boat! Thanks

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,446 ✭✭✭✭ ELM327

    I'd say file any such letters in the bin. They have no jurisdiction here.

    However I wouldnt take that car to the UK again.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 255 ✭✭ WicklowTiger

    Thanks for that, actually hadn't thought of this, presumably could be issues driving in NI as well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,499 ✭✭✭✭ Larbre34

    Shred it and line the bunny hutch with it.

    Then when the bunny has soiled it, take it out, urinate on it yourself, then set it alight and finally stamp on the ashes until the atoms float back to London on the breeze and reform themselves as the shadow of a long bony extended middle finger, on the front steps of TfL.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 raddoc

    She has taken care to avoid the ULEZ and not complicate her life!

  • Registered Users Posts: 733 ✭✭✭ milehip

    To those that received a letter from EPC after driving in the ULEZ,. How long after you drove in the ULEZ did said letter take to arrive?

    Asking for a friend.