The second phase of the London Low Emission Zone began yesterday (7th July) and affects lorries over 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches.
All are now required to meet the Euro III standard for particular matter, or they will face a daily charge of £200. However, there will be a 28-day grace period to give non-compliant vehicles a chance to conform before the penalty is activated.
The first phase was introduced on 4th February 2008 and applies to trucks over 12 tonnes, 96 per cent of which now meet the emissions standard.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said: “The majority of lorries that were affected by phase one of the Low Emission Zone have cleaned up their act and meet the necessary standard. I hope that many of the operators affected by phase two will already have followed their example.”
* Eminox, the manufacturer of emissions control systems, has created two technologies to help operators comply with changing laws as the second wave of the London Low Emission Zone enforcements takes effect.
Equinox’s Continuously Regenerating Trap and Fuel Borne Catalyst systems are designed to ensure vehicles meet both 2008 and 2012 Euro III and IV particulate matter standards.