Tuesday 20 December 2011

London LEZ 2012 Rule Change 3rd January Euro 3 & 4 - Don't Get Caught Out!

London 2012 - Are You Ready?

If you run a business or are responsible for a vehicle fleet which operates within the M25, inside London's Low Emission Zone (LEZ), then you're hopefully already aware of the new regulations which come into force on 3 Janaury 2012.  But are you prepared and are all of your vehicles compliant?  If not, click here to read on from a few of paragraphs down.  If you don't yet know about the LEZ changes for 2012, then here's a brief VANorak guide to what's changing.  However, I would strongly suggest you visit the Transport For London website at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez, to fully familiarise yourself with the new rules, or risk a Penalty Charge of UP TO £1,000 PER DAY for entering the LEZ zone with a non-compliant vehicle!!!

If you own or drive a "normal" sized van, with a gross vehicle weight of 3500 Kg/3.5 tonnes or less (all Transit models except 430 & 460, all '2 series' & '3 series' Sprinter vans such as 211 CDi & 313 CDi, all Vivaro, Trafic, Partner, Berlingo, Scudo, Expert, Dispatch, VW Transporter, etc.) then you will not be able to enter the Low Emission Zone without charge if your vehicle is not up to at least Euro 3 emissions class.  Generally Euro 3 was adopted by van manufacturers between 2000 and 2002, so if your vehicle is aged within this range or earlier, you should check your vehicle is compliant.  If your van is newer than 2002, you should be fine.

If your vehicle has a GVW in excess of 3500 Kg (Sprinter '5 Series', Iveco Daily 65C, all HGV trucks) then it must comply with the stricter Euro 4 emissions regulations, which became the minimum EU requirements for new registrations in October 2006.  If your truck or heavy van is older than October 2006, you must check your vehicle is compliant and if it is not, then you have three options:  1, do not allow your vehicle to be driven inside the LEZ; 2, have your vehicle converted to Euro 4-equivalent exhaust emissions by having an approved DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) fitted within its exhaust system; 3, sell your vehicle and hire or buy a new one!

For Minibuses, Buses & Coaches, the rules are also changing.  For Minibuses with a GVW of less than 5,000 Kg/5 tonnes (most minibuses up to 17 seat capacity), this type of vehicle will need to meet or exceed Euro III emission regulations.  For Buses & Coaches with a GVW in excess of 5 tonnes (regardless of number of seats), they  must meet or exceed the Euro IV emission regulations.

A full list of which vehicles are affected can be found here http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/17700.aspx and if you know the registrations of your vehicles and would like to check if they comply, TFL have an online compliance checker, which is accessible here: 

Throughout 2011, Maun Motors have invested heavily in upgrading their heavy commercial vehicle hire fleet and as a result, they now have hundres of Euro 4 & Euro 5 rated lorries & trucks available for self-drive hire; from daily rental to long-term hire. These include a huge fleet of crane lorries including hooks, brick-grabs (for builders' merchants, brick & block, etc.), "muckaway" applications (tipper-grab, grab lorry), flatbeds and heavy-lift cranes.

They also have the largest fleet of Moffett truck-mounted fork-lifts available to hire in the UK today!  Couple these with a Euro IV or V LEZ-compliant curtain-side truck and you have the ultimate self-contained delivery tool for 2012!

To ensure you don't miss out on availability of your Euro 4 & Euro 5 HGVs, call now to book on 01773 810007.

Maun Motors also has a used Van Sales department, where you can purchase LEZ-compliant Euro III, Euro IV and Euro V vans, light trucks and minibuses.  View their stock on the following links:

Maun Motors Showroom on Motors.co.uk
Maun Motors eBay Showroom
Maun Motors AutoTrader Stock List