Article By Paul Haines - Service Manager

What is the ULEZ Zone?

Latest News from Hillclimb Garage - October 2019

Many may remember the introduction of the ULEZ zone in central London – but it didn’t make too much of an impression to the general population out in High Wycombe.However – watch this space because its only a matter of time before it really does impact our lives.

Tell Me More?

To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) now operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.

  • £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
  • £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)

There have been 220,000 penalties issued since April this year – that’s a staggering amount of people who haven’t realised what’s going on!

BUT!

The ULEZ Zone is set to come out as far as the North and South Circular roads in 2021 and….

Will eventually extend out as far as THE M25

Now it’s in our back-yard!

But, you might think, what difference does this make to me now?

Well, as seasoned operatives within the used-car market, this could and will make a significant difference to those who decide to switch their cars at the last minute.Imagine how many people will NOT want to buy a heavy diesel or high emission car in the future.The local market will experience some adjustments that are already being felt by us at Hillclimb Garage – we rarely stock a diesel car now and although we try our best to place part-exchange cars, we do have to work harder to move on those cars already.

So what should I do?

Just bear it in mind.Take time to consider your usage before you choose your next car – over the years has your requirements changed?Will you need to go into the M25 area in the future?If you have a pool of cars in your family, we are seeing people consider the whole family’s usage around the cars they choose.A longer journey and they use the larger engine car and then the smaller runs into town and into congested areas, they choose the smaller cleaner car.

And Some Great News..

If you are considering hybrid or electric, we have just launched our HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEPARTMENT.This means that you will have real choice in the future about where you get your car repaired or maintained.A huge boost for customers as really the only choice up until now was at a main dealers.

If you are concerned about ULEZ and how its going to affect you – don’t be! We are a long time away from it being on our doorstep…. But as always, being forewarned is being forearmed.

We are happy to advise you how to future-proof your next car purchase.For a start, 94% of the cars we have sold in the last 6 months were ULEZ compliant, so we know what we are looking for!

Cheers!

Paul Haines – Service Manager

Hillclimb Garage


Check if your car is ULEZ compliant Here

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-vrm-checker