Transport for London have asked us to share some important information with our customers, and visitors.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ), operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, was introduced in 2008 to encourage the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles driving within Greater London (the area within the M25) to become cleaner.
The aim of the LEZ is to improve the health and quality of life of everyone in London by limiting the amount of particulate matter (pollution) coming from a vehicles exhaust. Particulate matter is a type of pollution which can contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, other respiratory illnesses and even early death.
From 3 January 2012, there will be tighter emission standards for those vehicles already affected and more vehicle types included.
For the first time, motorhomes (between 2.5 tonnes and 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) over 10 years old as of 1 Jan 2012 may not meet the required LEZ standard of Euro 3 for particulate matter and may have to pay a £100 daily charge to drive within the zone.
For operators with vehicles that do not meet the standards in 2012 have several options;
• Fit an approved filter to existing vehicles – a list of approved suppliers and filters can be found at tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon
• Replace older vehicles with newer models that meet the emissions standards
• Reorganise a fleet so that only vehicles that meet the standards are used within the zone
• Convert vehicles to run on pure gas
• Pay a daily charge of £100– but TfL would rather operators reduce their emissions.
Owners of affected vehicles are urged to take action now as some options can take up to three months.
For vehicles that registered outside of Great Britain (including Northern Ireland) they will need to be registered with TfL if they meet the standards, before driving within London.
For more information visit www.tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon or call 0845 607 0009