It could be more a case of ‘van drivers weeping’ than ‘ten Lords A-Leaping’ when the new Low Emission Zone requirements for London comes into effect today. The Freight Transport Association is advising operators of Y-registration (and some 51 plate) vans to keep out of London to avoid costly charges and fines.
Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of Policy for London, said:
"The penalties are such that non-compliance is simply not an option. Research by FTA shows that fortunately, most large HGV fleet operators will be fully compliant with, or prepared for, the move up from Euro 3 to Euro 4 standard engines. However, for tradespeople operating vans over ten years old the LEZ will be an entirely new consideration and, therefore, preparedness will be far lower. This is where our immediate concern lies.
"For many small businesses and sole traders, 2011 has been all about keeping afloat and the looming LEZ changes may catch them out. We are advising those with non-compliant vans to stay out of London, but this may prove impossible for London-based van operators."
FTA has produced an LEZ compliance guide to help operators understand and plan for the changes. This is available for FTA members to download at www.fta.co.uk/lez