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Driving in London

Driving in London

Driving in London

Since 2003 London has introduced several daily charges to reduce congestion and pollution.

The Congestion Charge is a £15 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone 07:00-22:00 Monday to Friday and 12:00-18:00 Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays. There is no charge on Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year's Day bank holiday. ALL vehicles, regardless of age and whether they are registered in the UK or overseas must pay this charge. You pay this via the Transport for London website (either with a TfL London Road User Charging account or direct payment on the site).

The Ultra Low Emission Zone charge (ULEZ) operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ULEZ was introduced into central London in April 2019. It will apply to your road car and trailer while you are towing your veteran car through London and, once your veteran car is unloaded and driven on the road it will also apply to that, as it is then viewed as a separate vehicle

From August 29 2023 the ULEZ zone was expanded - view the updated map here (the original ULEZ zone is shown shaded in blue, the expanded zone shown shaded in green).


Veteran vehicles registered in the UK, which are exempt from paying Road Tax, are recognized by Transport for London (TfL) as being exempt from the ULEZ tax. You can check your registration number and that of your tow car with TfL here.


Owners of veteran vehicles registered outside of the UK will need to set up an account with TfL then register for that veteran vehicle for exemption from the ULEZ tax. You can find details of how to do this in our 'Driving in London' guides (see below). 

Tender vehicles registered overseas are also subject to ULEZ if their emissions do not fall within the acceptable levels. You can check modern overseas vehicle registrations on the TfL website - and if you need to pay ULEZ on your tender vehicle, you will be told how to do so.

See our full information for overseas participants bringing their vehicle over for the Run here.


We have created a comprehensive guide to explain the various different driving rules and charges that may affect your journey in to and out of London. This also includes details of how overseas registered veteran vehicles can be registered for exemption from the ULEZ tax. 

Driving in London Guide - English

Driving in London Guide - Dutch

Driving in London Guide - French




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