The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is now in operation.
Operators of both vehicles registered within Great Britain (GB) and outside of Great Britain will need to meet the required emissions standards for the LEZ.
The aim of the LEZ is to improve air quality in London by deterring the most polluting vehicles from being driven in the area. The vehicles affected are older diesel-engined trucks, buses, coaches, large vans, minibuses and other specialised vehicles that are derived from trucks and vans such as motor caravans and motorised horse boxes.
Cars, motorcycles and small vans are not included in the LEZ.
Operators of affected vehicles registered outside of Great Britain including trucks, buses, coaches, large vans, minibuses and other specialised vehicles will have to register their vehicles by post or email with Transport for London (TfL) if they meet the required emissions standards in order to drive within the LEZ without paying a daily charge.
Registration can take a maximum of two weeks so operators are advised to register as early as possible before driving in the zone.
To register your vehicle for the LEZ you can:
Operators of affected vehicles that do not meet the required emissions standards and wish to travel within the LEZ will need to modify or upgrade their vehicle to meet the emissions standards. If they do not, they will need to pay a daily charge.
A daily charge must be paid for each day the vehicle is driven within the zone and does not meet the required emissions standards.
The charging day operates from midnight to midnight.
Charges apply every day of the year including weekends and public holidays.
|Lorries, motor caravans and horseboxes||More than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight||£200|
|Buses and coaches||More than 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight|
|Large vans and horseboxes||Between 1.205 unladen and 3.5 tonnes||£100|
|Motor caravans||Between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes|
|Minibuses||5 tonnes or less gross vehicle weight|
Payment can be made on the Transport for London website by phone +44 (0) 343 222 2222 or by post.
The LEZ is enforced through fixed and mobile cameras which read your vehicle registration number plate as you drive within the LEZ.
If a vehicle is identified as not meeting the LEZ emissions standards, and the required daily charge has not been paid for the date of travel within the zone, then a Penalty Charge Notice may be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Links have been established with many of the European Vehicle Licensing Agencies and penalties will always be issued and recovered where it is possible to do so.
For further information on the London Low Emission Zone please read the information leaflet provided.