2011 iQ to be exempt from London Congestion Charge

2011 Toyota iQ

Last month, we revealed that the Toyota iQ has become even smarter for 2011, thanks to new interior options and revised Toyota Optimal Drive engines. The benefits are already starting to show, as the 1.0-litre manual 2011 iQ will be exempt from the London Congestion Charge from 4 January 2011.

This presents a potential saving total of more than £2,500 per year for London drivers. Of course, even if you don’t drive in London, the 1.0-litre 2011 iQ still offers zero road tax and 64.2 mpg (combined cycle).

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that a new Greener Vehicle Discount will be created as part of the revised scheme, providing a 100 per cent discount to cars that emit 100g/km of CO2 or less and meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality.

The Toyota Prius and new full-hybrid Auris HSD, both with tax-efficient CO2 emissions of 89g/km, will continue to be exempt from the congestion charge under the revised scheme.

The 2011 iQ is on sale now, priced from £10,158 on the road. Click here to book a test drive at your local Toyota Centre.

Comments (14)

  1. I own a late 2009 IQ2 EURO4, I’ve contacted DVLA who confirmed it is possible to re-grade a car to EURO5 providing it meets the criteria. Is there no way of confirming if a late 2009 IQ meets the standard EURO5? If this is the case then it can be done!!

    1. Hi Scott,

      Although the cars emit the same levels of CO2, the exhaust emissions of the 1-litre Euro 4 iQ and the 2011 1-litre Euro 5 iQ are not the same. The levels of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) are different in the two vehicles.

      In the UK the type approval authority is the Vehicle Certification Agency, they are responsible for the testing and certifications of vehicles, their systems and components. Once a vehicle has been given a type specification that specification remains fixed for all time so far as the manufacturer and the type approval authorities are concerned. Click here to see my answer to a previous comment regarding this.

      The only way a vehicle can be re-certified from Euro 4 standard to Euro 5 standard is if it has been modified to fulfil the requirements of the Euro 5 emissions standard. This would require a new engine to be fitted and the car would then have to satisfy various emissions tests to get certified at the new standard.

      Hope that answers your question.

  2. So toyota say the prius will continue to be exempt from congestion charge. So why have we received a letter from Transport for London to say that come next year our 2005 prius will NOT be exempt ? Come on Toyota, tell the truth.

    1. Hi Ian,

      The current third generation Prius will contiune to be exempt from the London Congestion Charge under the revised guidelines that come into effect from 4 January 2011.

      As part of the revised scheme the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced the introduction of the Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD), which provides a 100 per cent discount to cars that emit 100g/km of CO2 or less and also meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality.

      Any vehicle that does not meet these criteria, as set out by Transport for London (TfL), including older models of Prius such as your second generation car which has a CO2 emission level of 104g/km, will be subject to London Congestion Charge from 4 January 2011.

      For more information about the revised scheme visit the TfL website, here.

    1. Hello Harpreet,

      Transport for London (TfL) have outlined that cars emitting 100g/km or less of CO2 that also meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality will be eligible for the Greener Vehicle 100 per cent discount (GVD) for Congestion Charge. This comes into effect from 4 January 2011.

      Although a 1.0-litre iQ would meet the sub-100g/km C02 criteria, only the 2011 model year iQ achieves the new Euro 5 standard. Older models of iQ will not qualify for GVD as they are not Euro 5 certified.

      For more information on the Greener Vehicle Discount, click here.

      1. hi Damian,
        would it be possible to obtain the additional emission data on particulates and total hc nox emissions by re-registering the car by say changing the owners’ name?

        1. Hi,

          I’ve passed your question onto our technical team and they are also still looking into an answer to your first question, I will get back with an answer once I’ve heard back from them.

          Thank you for your patience.

          1. Hi,

            Thank you for your questions. The exhaust emissions of the 1-litre Euro 4 iQ and the 2011 1-litre Euro 5 iQ are not the same. Although the cars emit the same levels of CO2, the carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels are different. This means that your iQ does not meet the Euro 5 emissions standard. Further information can be on the VCA website.

            We have also had confirmation from our Corporate Compliance Department that the type approval status of a vehicle cannot be changed. Once a vehicle have been built to a to given type approval specification (in this case, Euro 4), that specification remains fixed for all time so far as the manufacturer and the type approval authorities are concerned . The same will apply to Euro 5 cars when Euro 6 is introduced, and so on.

            Changing a vehicles’ ownership with the DVLA will not change its emissions status.

            I hope this information answers all your questions.

  3. I bought the IQ manual version 1.1 in 2009. The emissions were then euro 4. It appears to meet the euro 5 emissions except for missing info on particulates and total hc nox emissions. Is there any plans to update the emissions data of pre 2011 IQ cars if they do achieve the euro 5 requirements. Thanks

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your question. I have passed it onto to the technical team and I’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as I have heard back from them. Thanks for your patience.

  4. But every car in the UK pays zero road tax, as road tax was abolished in 1937.

    Vehicle Excise Duty is what you mean. Nit-picking? Not really. Far too many people think roads are paid for by ‘road tax’. Some shout and generally abuse cyclists for “not paying road tax.” Search on YouTube for examples of this.

    I don’t suppose iQ or Prius owners will ever be run off the road by angry “road tax payers”, mind.

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