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ULEZ Motorcycles Guide

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What is ULEZ?

ULEZ stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone. Most vehicles must meet the ULEZ emissions standards or pay a fee. It was designed to deter air-polluting vehicles from entering the zone, to help improve air quality. 

How much does it cost

Cars, motorcycles and vans up to 3.5 tonnes pay £12.50

Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and buses and coaches over 5 tonnes pay £100

Where does it operate

The ULEZ operates in the same area as the Congestion Charge zone. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

If I don’t live in London should I care?

If you live outside of London and do not enter the ULEZ, you do not need to worry about costs. However, the air in London is becoming increasingly toxic. There are currently over 300 primary schools within this zone with children inhaling polluted air every day. Air pollution can cause diseases in later life. If the initiative improves air quality, it is likely to extend to other UK cities. Everybody should be aware of emissions controls and the potential impact it has on our environment and population.

A brief overview of the different Euro standards

All vehicles need to meet different emission standards for the ULEZ based on their vehicle type and type of emission. The current emissions standards are based on Euro standards. First appearing in 1992, it limits nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from engines which cause air pollution. All vehicles must meet certain standards to be approved for sale. The current standards are:

Euro 3: 

Category: motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)

Mandatory for all new motorcycles from 2007 onwards.

Euro 4:

Category:  (NOx) petrol cars, vans, minibuses, other specialised vehicles

Mandatory for all new cars in 2005 and light vans in 2006.

Euro 5:

Category: (NOx and PM) diesel cars, vans, minibuses, other specialised vehicles

Mandatory for all new heavy-duty engines and goods vehicles and buses from January 2014. Cars and light vans from September 2015 and larger vans from September 2016.

Euro 6:

Category: (NOx and PM) lorries, buses, coaches, other heavy vehicles

What bikes are excluded?

  • Any bike that is Euro 3 certified.
  • Motorbikes and mopeds that do not meet the ULEZ emissions standards but are registered for a Congestion Charge residents’ discount are entitled to a 100% discount from the ULEZ charge until 24 October 2021.
  • Vehicles that have a historic vehicle tax class will be exempt from the ULEZ. Additionally, all vehicles registered before 1 January 1973 will be exempt from the ULEZ.

How can I check if my bike is liable?

If you’re unsure your bike meets the above criteria, you can check your details here:

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle-35896

Can an older bike be exempt?

If your bike is Pre-Euro 3, you can be exempt from ULEZ charges if you can prove your bike has a NOx emissions rating of 0.15g per km or less. Normally, these details are recorded on your bike’s V5C (logbook). If not, you can request a Homologation Certificate or a Certificate of Conformity from your bike’s manufacturer for proof. 

Are two stroke bikes exempt?

TfL does not exempt 2-stroke engines from their controversial ULEZ charges. The reason why 2-strokes are included in the dreaded £12.50 per day fee is that most scooters and bikes which have this type of engine were not Euro-3 certified. The good news is, there has been plenty of evidence to suggest 2-stroke engines give off reduced NOx emissions. 

To prove your bike should be exempt, you may have to get it tested. The cost of a test is £175. It might sound pricey but its the equivalent cost of 14 days within the ULEZ zone, so if you can get passed, it’s worth it in the long run.

List of older ULEZ exempt motorbikes

TfL is refusing anyone a full list of bikes. Motorcycle website bikerandbike.co.uk has put together this list, which was last updated in June 2019. 

If your motorcycle has passed the ULEZ exemption, contact us with your motorcycle’s details and we’ll add it to the database.

Bike ModelYearMethodNOx per g/Km
    
Aprilia   
    
RSV Mille2002CoC0.06
    
BMW   
    
R1150GS2001CoC0.03
R1150GS2003CoC0.03
R1150RT2004CoC≤0.15
R1150GSA2005CoC0.04
R1200GS2005CoC0.044
    
Ducati   
    
Monster 6002000CoC0.11
900SS1997NOx test0.14
9161998NOx test0.09
S2R10002006CoC0.036
    
Harley-Davidson   
    
Fat Boy2001NOx test≤0.15
Road King Classic FLHRCI (1450cc/88ci)2004CoC0.123
    
Honda   
    
CB5002003NOx≤0.15
CB600F Hornet2002CoC0.092
CB600F Hornet2003CoC≤0.15
CB600F Hornet2006U≤0.15
CBF600NA2004CoC0.109
CBF6002007CoC≤0.15
CBR600F2001CoC≤0.15
CBR600F2005CoC0.06
CBR600RR2003CoC0.129
CBR600RR2004CoC0.093
CBR600RR2004CoC0.125
CBR9001997NOx test0.07
CBR9001997NOx test0.12
CBR1000RR2006CoC0.09
CBR1100XX Blackbird1996NOx test0.1
CBR1100XX Blackbird2006CoC0.075
Deauville NT650V2002V5C0.12
Deauville NT700V2007CoC0.75
NT650 Bros1989NOx test0.04
Pan European ST11002001NOx test0.15
Pan European ST13002004CoC0.088
Pan European ST13002006CoC0.088
SES125 Dylan2002CoC0.053
VFR8002005NOx test≤0.15
    
Kawasaki   
    
W6502003NOx test≤0.15
ZX6R1997NOx test≤0.15
Z750S (ZR750)2006V5C0.1
    
KTM   
    
950 Supermoto2005CoC0.1
    
Moto Guzzi   
    
California EV 11002001NOx test≤0.15
    
Royal Enfield   
    
Bullet 500 Electra Lean Burn2005NOx test0.11
    
Piaggio/Vespa   
    
ET4 (125cc)2000NOx test0.15
PX125UNOx test0.01
    
Suzuki   
    
GSF6502005V5C0.15
SV650 (K4)2004V5C≤0.15
SV650S2007V5C0.1
GSX-R600 (K4)2004V5C0.11
GSX-R600 (K6)2006V5C0.11
GSX-R1000 (K1)2000NOx test≤0.15
    
Triumph   
    
Bonneville Scrambler2003CoC0.1
Bonneville Scrambler2006V5C0.06
Daytona 955i2006U≤0.15
Sprint ST10502005V5C0.09
Sprint ST10502007CoC≤0.15
    
Yamaha   
    
RD3501984NOx test0.02
TDR2501990NOx test0.03
FZ62005CoC0.11
Fazer 10002005CoC≤0.15
FZ12003CoC0.9
FJR13002007CoC0.035
    

Some people are actually proving the TfL wrong. For example, the Mayor of London has stated 2-stroke engines are seriously harmful but a lot of them aren’t and some have passed the ULEZ test.

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