Euro 5 gets TfL reward

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Transport for London is to reward the operators of Euro 5 vehicles with a reduction in the congestion charge.
A TfL consultation paper sets out proposals to change the way that congestion charges will be calculated that are based on emissions. For cars this will mean an increase for the largest vehicles, while low CO2 emitting vehicles will continue to receive discounts. For commercial operators the basic charge will remain at £8 but a new discount will be introduced for Euro 5 vehicles, bringing the daily rate down to £6. For vehicles already in the fleet scheme this is a £1 reduction worth £260 per year – those not in the fleet scheme will save double this amount.
The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the move pointing out that, given that Euro 5 vehicles emit half the amount of NOx of a Euro 4, this discount is a highly effective way of improving air quality. Unfortunately, because of EU rules, the discount will only be available for one year for lorries (until October 2009) – vans can enjoy a reduction until early 2012 when Euro 5 will become mandatory for all new vans.
The FTA also pointed out that this consultation marks the end of the road for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vehicles. While those operators currently receiving an LPG discount on the congestion charge will continue to receive a discount until 2009, new buyers will not be eligible.

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