LEZ standards to come into play

Thursday September 22nd, 2011

With less than three months to go until Low Emission Zone (LEZ) emissions standards for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and coaches are tightened, Transport for London (TfL) is urging those affected to take action now.

From 3 January 2012 larger vans, minibuses and specialist vehicles will be required to meet new a Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM) to drive within Greater London without paying a £200 daily charge.

Larger vans and minibuses were originally due to be included in the LEZ from 4 October 2010. However, following public consultation, London Mayor Boris Johnson took the decision to defer the introduction to give the owners and operators of the estimated 70,000 non-compliant vehicles, many of which are smaller businesses and charities, more time to make the necessary changes.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Environment Director, said: “The Mayor is taking robust steps to deliver cleaner air and improve Londoners’ health. Changes to the Low Emission Zone in January are a key part of these plans. The vast majority of vehicles set to be affected by these new standards are already compliant.

“There is a range of options available to vehicle owners and, as part of this, the Mayor has agreed deals with a number of vehicle manufacturers for discounts off new vehicles. However, some options to make vehicles compliant, such as fitting an approved filter, can take up to three months to complete, so I urge those who are affected to take action as soon as possible.”

TfL estimates that the changes to the LEZ will broadly double the impact of earlier phases in reducing harmful particulate matter pollution in the Capital.

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