Low Emission Zone Getting Tougher…
3 February 2020
The LEZ is an existing scheme that aims to reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM) from the most polluting large diesel vehicles, and it’s about to get tougher. From 26 October, heavy vehicles must meet Euro VI emissions standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and PM, or pay a daily charge to drive in the area. This is a key next step in the Mayor’s action to clean up London’s air. It follows on from the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, which was implemented in April 2019 and is already having real impacts on air quality, with roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution reducing by around a third in the central London zone. These changes come in at the same time as enforcement of a London-wide safety permit system for heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes, which is part of the Mayor’s plans to eliminate death and serious injury on London’s transport network.
The new measures are designed to ensure cleaner air and safer roads in London, and London’s businesses can help. You may have vehicles in your fleet, or those of your suppliers, partners and members, which need to meet the LEZ standards or register for an HGV safety permit.