Payment of the ULEZ by embassies and diplomatic missions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Are any embassies and diplomatic missions refusing to pay the ULEZ and, if so, please list them and how much is owed to date?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Unlike the Congestion Charge, diplomats are exempt from paying the ULEZ charge because it is not a universal charge but a charge which is levied in respect of the most polluting vehicles and is therefore not a charge for specific services rendered.

However, I would expect any country’s diplomatic staff to comply with the emissions standards of the ULEZ given the importance of protecting the health of Londoners.