More than 200,000 penalty notices given since ULEZ launched in London in April 2019

  • FOI request reveals more than 2,000,000 drivers have paid the ULEZ charge
  • Over 30,000 drivers have received more than one PCN for non-payment of the ULEZ charge
  • Worst offending driver has received 81 PCNs for non-payment of the ULEZ daily charge

More than 2,000,000 drivers have paid the ULEZ daily charge, and over 200,000 penalty charge notices (PCNs) have been handed out to drivers for non-payment of the charge, since it was launched in London in April, according to research by Motorway.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge is paid by drivers whose vehicles fail the tough new exhaust emissions standards introduced in central London, to help improve air quality.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by Motorway.co.uk in September to Transport for London (TfL), revealed that 223,952 penalty notices were handed out between May 11 and August 31, to drivers of high polluting vehicles who failed to pay the central London toxic air levy.

Almost 32,000 drivers (31,783) have received more than one penalty ticket since ULEZ was launched and the worst offender has amassed a staggering 81 penalty notices between May 11 and August 31, which could mean she has had to pay fines up to £13,000. 

Car, motorcycle and van drivers who fail to pay the daily charge of £12,50, face a £160 fine, or £80 if paid within a fortnight. While, HGV and coach drivers, who have to pay a higher daily charge of £100, face a £1000 fine, or £500 if paid within 14  days.

Transport for London confirmed that until 10 May they issued warning notices rather than PCNs, because the ULEZ scheme was new.

Motorway.co.uk research found that over two million vehicles (2,124,404) have paid the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge between launch and August 31, generating almost £31 million for TfL. Of this, £25.9 million was paid by car, motorcycle and van drivers (ULEZ Low charge of £12.50) and £4.8 million by HGV and coach drivers (ULEZ High charge of £100). 

The following table shows the number of charges purchased per month between 8 April and 31 August 2019, broken down by high (HGVs and coaches) and low (cars, motorcycles and vans) ULEZ categories:

MonthULEZ HighULEZ LowTotal
April8,301337,812346,113
May11,864484,843496,707
June10,195459,572469,767
July10,504453,973464,477
August7,236340,104347,340
Total48,1002,076,3042,124,404

The following table lists the total revenue raised per month from charges purchased between 8 April and 31 August 2019, broken down by high and low categories.

MonthULEZ HighULEZ LowTotal
Apr£ 830,100.00£ 4,222,650.00£ 5,052,750.00
May£ 1,186,400.00£ 6,060,537.50£ 7,246,937.50
Jun£ 1,019,500.00£ 5,744,650.00£ 6,764,150.00
Jul£ 1,050,400.00£ 5,674,662.50£ 6,725,062.50
Aug£ 723,600.00£ 4,251,300.00£ 4,974,900.00
Total£ 4,810,000.00£ 25,953,800.00£ 30,763,800.00

The table provided here shows how many PCNs we issued per month for non-payment of the ULEZ daily charge between 11 May and 31 August.

MonthPCN
May41,008
June74,630
July67,386
August40,928
Total223,952

The table below shows the total revenue raised per month from PCNs issued between 11 May and 31 August 2019 broken down by high and low categories.

These figures do not take account of the costs of running the scheme and therefore show revenue raised rather than net income.

MonthSum of Amount Paid
May£ 2,509,618.50
June£ 3,896,540.50
July£ 3,067,243.49
August£ 1,148,599.50
Total£ 10,622,001.99

Alex Buttle, director of Motorway comments: 

“Judging by the drop in polluting cars being driven in central London since ULEZ was launched in April and a general fall in traffic, it feels like the scheme is doing its job.

“Something had to be done with London facing a public health crisis. The electric car switch-over can’t come quick enough, but until it does, ULEZ shows there is a genuine commitment to tackle London’s toxic air. And that commitment is proving successful.

“While ULEZ was not about generating money for councils, it has nevertheless brought in more than £40m in charges and penalty notices in the six months since launch. 

“Schemes like ULEZ should always be about the health and well-being of people living in major urban areas.”

“Although pollution levels are still unacceptably high in the capital, the success of ULEZ proves that similar clean air zones can and should be urgently rolled out across the country.”

Council electric car charging points – Westminster council powers ahead


  • An FOI request reveals that Westminster has the highest concentration of EV charging points with 1.47 per 1000 population
  • Bexley is the only London borough with no public charging points
  • Milton Keynes has the highest concentration of EV charging points of any other UK town/city (excluding London), with 0.83 per 1000 population 
  • Hull, Northampton, Mansfield and Swansea have no public charging points
  • Note: Charging points on private land weren’t considered for this research

The London borough of Westminster has 375 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points, more than anywhere else in the country, according to research by Motorway.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all London boroughs and major UK town and city councils, made by Motorway, reveals that Westminster, one of the wealthiest areas in the country, also has the highest concentration of EV charging points with 1.47 per 1000 population. The council say they plan to have 468 public charging points installed by the end of the year.

Three other boroughs – Richmond upon Thames, Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth – each have more than 200 public electric vehicle charging points. While, Bexley is the only borough which hasn’t installed any public charging points to date, although the council plans to have 13 points operational by the end of the year.

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London has a high concentration of council-funded electric car charging points vs. other UK areas

Outside London, Milton Keynes, with a population of 230,000, has the highest concentration of EV charging points, with 0.83 per 1000 population, and 192 points across the town. Nottingham with 215 charging points has more than any other UK town/city.

Kingston Upon Hull, Mansfield, Northampton and Swansea currently have no public electric vehicle charging points. These are all major towns with more than 150,000 population.

The government recently announced a £400 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with half funded by private sector partners. It hopes to have 5,000 rapid charging points operational by 2024.

The following table shows the UK towns/cities (excluding London) with the highest and lowest concentration of public EV charging points.

Town/CityPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Milton  Keynes229,9411920.83
Aberdeen196,9041000.51
Newcastle upon Tyne192,382750.39
Coventry185,4261220.34
Nottingham326,4742150.29
Edinburgh239,1421300.28
Mansfield171,95800.00
Northampton215,96300.00
Swansea300,35200.00
Kingston upon Hull314,01800.00

The following table shows London boroughs with the highest concentration of EV charging points.

London BoroughPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Westminster (City of)255,3243751.47
Richmond upon Thames196,9042651.35
Hammersmith & Fulham185,4262161.16
Wandsworth326,4742500.77
Islington239,1421660.69

N.B. Boroughs of Brent and Hillingdon did not provide figures 

The following table shows London boroughs with the lowest concentration of EV charging points.

London BoroughPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Bexley247,25800.00
Enfield333,86990.03
Harrow250,14970.03
Newham352,005100.03
Redbridge303,858110.04

The London borough of Westminster has 375 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points, more than anywhere else in the country, according to research by Motorway.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all London boroughs and major UK town and city councils, made by Motorway, reveals that Westminster, one of the wealthiest areas in the country, also has the highest concentration of EV charging points with 1.47 per 1000 population. The council say they plan to have 468 public charging points installed by the end of the year.

Three other boroughs – Richmond upon Thames, Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth – each have more than 200 public electric vehicle charging points. While, Bexley is the only borough which hasn’t installed any public charging points to date, although the council plans to have 13 points operational by the end of the year.

Outside London, Milton Keynes, with a population of 230,000, has the highest concentration of EV charging points, with 0.83 per 1000 population, and 192 points across the town. Nottingham with 215 charging points has more than any other UK town/city.

Kingston Upon Hull, Mansfield, Northampton and Swansea currently have no public electric vehicle charging points. These are all major towns with more than 150,000 population.

The government recently announced a £400 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with half funded by private sector partners. It hopes to have 5,000 rapid charging points operational by 2024.

The following table shows the UK towns/cities (excluding London) with the highest and lowest concentration of public EV charging points.

Town/CityPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Milton  Keynes229,9411920.83
Aberdeen196,9041000.51
Newcastle upon Tyne192,382750.39
Coventry185,4261220.34
Nottingham326,4742150.29
Edinburgh239,1421300.28
Mansfield171,95800.00
Northampton215,96300.00
Swansea300,35200.00
Kingston upon Hull314,01800.00

The following table shows London boroughs with the highest concentration of EV charging points.

London BoroughPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Westminster (City of)255,3243751.47
Richmond upon Thames196,9042651.35
Hammersmith & Fulham185,4262161.16
Wandsworth326,4742500.77
Islington239,1421660.69

N.B. Boroughs of Brent and Hillingdon did not provide figures 

The following table shows London boroughs with the lowest concentration of EV charging points.

London BoroughPopulationNumber of EV charging  points – currentEV charging points per 1000 population
Bexley247,25800.00
Enfield333,86990.03
Harrow250,14970.03
Newham352,005100.03
Redbridge303,858110.04

N.B. Boroughs of Brent and Hillingdon did not provide figures

Alex Buttle, director of car selling comparison website Motorway said: 

“UK government has a mammoth task on its hands to create an EV charging infrastructure that can cope with the expected growth in electric car ownership over the next 20 years. In fact its own 2040 switchover target from fossil fuels depends on it. 

“Although we only looked at public, not private charging points (and home charging will make up a significant number of points), there will still be a huge reliance on public charging infrastructure. And it’s severely lacking at present.

“Figures supplied by local councils suggest a worrying disparity between towns and cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of charging points. While some areas have made significant progress in building a capable charging infrastructure, other areas appear to be well behind the curve. The ramifications on local economies of a substandard charging infrastructure could be severe.

“There is also a more pressing issue. The government is trying to encourage people to switch to electric cars, but many vehicle owners are reluctant to do so until they are confident that the  infrastructure is fit for purpose. 

“We carried out a survey of UK drivers recently and an inadequate charging infrastructure was the most common reason cited by respondents as to why they wouldn’t consider switching to an electric car over the next five years. 

“Brexit is understandably at the top of the government’s agenda at the moment, but it’s in danger of taking its eyes off this huge infrastructure challenge, and a public that has no faith in the charging programme,  is unlikely to buy into the idea of early switching.”

New Motorway radio ad

This week we were proud to launch our first radio ad for commercial UK radio.

Like our TV ad, it features a cheeky sat nav with a mind of its own which once again helpfully suggests Motorway as the fast and easy way to sell your car.

The advert explains how you could get up to £1,000 more by using Motorway to compare offers.

You can hear it airing on commercial radio stations including Absolute Radio and talkSPORT throughout 2019.

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Listen to the Motorway radio ad on stations including Absolute Radio and talkSPORT

We are really proud of the finished recording and would like to thank Space City who produced it working with MNC, as well as voiceover artists Elizabeth Saary and Paul Seed.

Listen to the new Motorway radio ad below: