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Guide to London's Low Emission Zone
Read our guide to the new London Low Emission Zone, introduced on February 4 2008
The capital becomes a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) as of February 4 2008.
It means the most polluting diesel-engined lorries, buses, coaches, minibuses and large vans will be deterred from driving within the city.
What is it?
The most polluting vehicles will have to meet specific emission standards and, if they do not, they will pay a daily charge.
The LEZ does not apply to cars, motorcycles or small vans (under 1.205 tonnes unladen weight).
The scheme will initially apply to diesel-engined lorries over 12 tonnes in weight.
From July 2008 it will also apply to all lorries over 3.5 tonnes and buses and coaches.
From October 2010 large vans and minibuses will also be covered by the LEZ and it will also apply to large diesel-engined vehicles such as motor caravans and motorised horse boxes.
Owners of affected vehicles are are advised to take early action in order to be ready for february 4 2008 as some options, such as modifying or replacing vehicles, will take time to complete.
Which vehicles will be affected?
Older diesel-engined lorries, buses, coaches, large vans (exceeding 1.205 tonnes unladen weight) and minibuses (over 8 seats and below 5 tonnes).
The LEZ will also include specialist vehicles that are derived from lorries and vans including; motorised horseboxes; breakdown recovery vehicles; refuse collection vehicles, gritters; road sweepers; concrete mixers; tippers; removals lorries; fire engines; extended-cab dual purpose pickups (those with two rows of seats) and some Land Rovers.
Motor caravans, ambulances and large hearses (over 2.5 tonnes) are also included.
The LEZ applies to all such vehicles, irrespective of whether they are used for commercial or private use.
Cars, motorbikes and small vans (under 1.205 tonnes unladen weight) are NOT affected.
When will the LEZ operate?
The LEZ will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, everyday of the year from February 4 2008.
Meeting the LEZ emission standards
If you are unsure of how your vehicle is affected, you can check whether your vehicle meets the Low Emission Zone emission standards, using the vehicle compliance checker at www.tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon or by calling 0845 607 0009.
last updated: 13/05/2008 at 14:45
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