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London-wide Emission Zone

18 February 2020

Tougher standards in the London-wide Low Emission Zone

Standards are getting tougher for heavy diesel vehicles in the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ). This is a key next step in the Mayor’s action to clean up London’s toxic air. The Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London which was implemented in April 2019 and will expand up to the North and South Circular Roads in October 2021. The ULEZ is already having real impacts on air quality, with roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution reducing by around a third in the central London zone.

The LEZ is an existing scheme that aims to reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM) from the most polluting large diesel vehicles. From 26 October 2020, heavy vehicles must meet Euro VI emissions standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and PM, or pay a daily charge to drive in the area. 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.

These 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. Further details on the LEZ, including a vehicle checker, are here: tfl.gov.uk/lez. Further details on the safety permit for HGVs are at: tfl.gov.uk/direct-vision-standard.

The Mayor recently announced his intention to launch a scrappage scheme for heavy vehicles owned by small businesses later this year to help them make the switch to cleaner vehicles. If you’re a small business, with 50 or fewer employees, we encourage you to pre-register your interest in the scheme by emailing info@locity.org.uk and stating the type of vehicles you operate. Your business may also be eligible for support to scrap older vans and switch to cleaner vehicles that meet the ULEZ standards through the Mayor’s van scrappage scheme, which is now open to more businesses and with increased grant amounts: tfl.gov.uk/scrappage-scheme.