Advent of new LEZ compliance standards approaches

With the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) less than 4 weeks away, drivers who may be affected by the new regulations are quickly running out of time to make sure their vehicle complies with the new standard.

Many motor homes affected for the first time

Of course the stricter, virtually all encompassing rules are certainly going to affect a lot of motorists for the first time and many vehicles covered by motor home insurance will have to pay the LEZ levy from January 2012 unless they comply with emission standards.

Motor homes newly affected from January 2012 will include vehicles registered for the first time between October 1st 2001 to September 30th 2006 with a gross vehicle weight of over 12 tonnes. Motor homes registered between the same dates and weighing between 3.5 and 12 tonnes will also now have to comply. Smaller motor homes weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes and first registered before January 2001 will also be affected in January 2012 for the first time.

Filter will bring vehicle into compliance

The LEZ compliance for motor homes is based on the Euro IV emissions standard and if motor homes do not comply then the retro fitting of an approved particulate filter will do the trick. It is important the owner ensures the filter is a type approved by the Transport for London organisation (TfL) and once fitted it must be passed by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA). VOSA will then issue the motor home with a Low Emissions Certificate or a Reduced Pollution Certificate, the certificate will last for 12 months and the owner is advised to carry it with him when travelling as he would his motor caravan insurance.

Charges prohibitive

It will certainly be expensive for any driver not to comply with the new standards as the charges for non compliant vehicles are prohibitive to say the least. A motor home over 2.5 tonnes will be charged £100, whilst motor homes over 12 tonnes will pay £200 a day. The LEZ will cover roughly the same geographical area as the Greater London Authority boundary and so will only affect motorists visiting London. Drivers worried about falling into the zone when passing around the capital can relax as the M25 does not fall into the LEZ at any part.