Buying a second hand ULEZ compliant car

At Tickenham Garage we sell a large variety of used second hand vehicles, both locally and nationally. It is our aim to ensure that you are provided with all the information available when purchasing a car from us, this includes the ULEZ rating for the vehicle.

We place the ULEZ rating on each advert and can assist you with ensuring compliance for the main city of which you reside.

What is ULEZ?

ULEZ stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone. It is an initiative implemented in some cities, notably in London, to improve air quality and reduce pollution caused by vehicles. The ULEZ sets emissions standards that vehicles must meet in order to enter certain designated areas.

In the case of London, the ULEZ was introduced on April 8, 2019. It covers the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. The emission standards set by the ULEZ aim to encourage the use of vehicles with lower emissions and discourage the use of more polluting vehicles.

Within the ULEZ, most vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, and vans, need to meet specific exhaust emission standards, known as the Euro standards. Currently, the minimum requirement for most petrol cars, vans, and minibusses is to meet at least Euro 4 standards, while diesel cars, vans, and minibusses must meet at least Euro 6 standards. Failure to meet these standards results in a daily charge to drive within the ULEZ.

Bristol and Clean Air Zone

To find out whether your current car or one you are purchasing is Clean Air compliant, you can ask us or you can visit the Bristol City Council ULEZ page here:

Other Cities with Clean Air Zones

Bath has a Class C clean air zone.

Birmingham has a Class D clean air zone.

Bradford has a Class C clean air zone.

Bristol has a Class D clean air zone.

Portsmouth has a Class B clean air zone.

Sheffield has a Class C clean air zone.

Tyneside (Newcastle and Gateshead) has a Class C clean air zone.

Types of Class taken from

Minimum emission standards

Each vehicle type has a minimum emission standard. You can find your vehicle’s emission standard in your vehicle log book or from your vehicle manufacturer.

To avoid being charged in a clean air zone, your vehicle must meet the following minimum standard:

Vehicle typeClean air zone minimum standard
Buses, coaches, heavy goods vehiclesEuro VI
Vans, minibuses, taxis, private hire vehicles, carsEuro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol)
MotorcyclesEuro 3

Local authorities may set a different standard for taxis and private hire vehicles. You should always check if you will need to pay a charge or contact the local authority for more information.

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Second Hand Cars

We offer a variety of second hand cars. Cars for the family, SUV's, MPV's, Economical small cars for town driving and larger models for you if you need something for frequent longer journeys. No matter what your need is, we can help.

Flexible finance

All of our finance packages are bespoke to your requirements. You are in control. We are independent, so we can find you the best deal available for you and your car. We offer both HP, PCP and can even arrange personal loans. Give us a try!

Sell your car to us

Maybe your looking to sell your current car, this could be through part exchanging against another car or just selling it to us. We will appraise your car and provide you with a valuation. We make payments within 6 minutes, with no admin fees.

Warranty options

Our relationship doesnt end once you drive away. We offer nationwide, comprehensive and market leading warranties to protect you for years once you have taken your car home. Our warranty is the only one in the UK that is Trading Standard approved.

Accredited Garage and Workshop

Our garage is a RAC Authorised Repair Centre, Which? Trusted Trader as well as previously being awarded Garage of the Year for South West of England as well as an AA Approved Garage.

Approved Used & Enhanced Inspections

All vehicles undergo a vigorous inspection prior to leaving us. MOT advisories are fixed before the car is released as well as ensuring all servicing and maintenance tasks have been fully completed.