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Hauliers should re-check fleet for LEZ compliance

By: Chris Taylor
11 November 2011

Driving firms should double check their fleet to ensure that company vehicles meet Low Emission Zone (LEZ) targets if operating in and around London.

From January 3rd 2012, any vehicles that that do not meet Euro III standards for carbon emissions will need to pay a fine when travelling in an LEZ. The rules could have a serious impact on non-compliant firms whose industry relies on driving, like those involved in logistics work.

Multiple operators of this sort are reporting that while some of their newer vehicles are failing acceptable carbon emission levels in the anti-pollutive project, other, older vans are actually passing the test. cites the case of specialist machinery and plant removal company RigLift (UK). It has already been "caught out" by LEZ rules; particularly since receiving confirmation that compliance standards will change next year.

"As we're located within the LEZ, we started looking at our vans in November 2010. We inputted three vehicle registrations into the TfL online compliance checker and they came up non-compliant," said RigLift transport manager Andrew McNeil.

"We've also received two letters this year from TfL warning us that our vehicles won't meet the new requirement for larger vans to be Euro-3 or above by 3rd January 2012."

However, RigLift since discovered that its older Y-reg Ford Transits would pass the test due to early adopter compliant technology. Unfortunately this was after the firm shelled-out a cool £60,000 for three new fleet vans.

In response to the debacle, Nick Fairholme, director for Transport for London (TfL) congestion charging and traffic enforcement, says that TfL is aware that it may "not have fully accurate information for a very small minority of vehicles".

"TfL is aware of the issues around early adopters and has been working closely with the vehicle manufacturers over the last year to source make and model specific information to enable the LEZ compliance database to be as accurate as possible," he said, cited transport news.

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