Lower emissions charges with vehicle tracking

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Vehicle tracking equipment manufacturer Navman Wireless has launched a zone report tool designed to monitor vehicles entering the London Low Emission Zone and help them avoid getting unnecessarily penalised.

The software is free as part of Navman’s existing OnLineAVL2 system and offers information on driver behaviour including real time updates on location, speed and time spent inside the zone.

The zone affects lorries weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches, which are now required to meet the Euro III standard for particular matter. If vehicles fail to do so they incur a daily charge of £200, which can rise to £1,000 if paid late.

A report carried out by the Institute of Transport Management recently found that vehicle tracking can help reduce fuel consumption by 14 per cent.

Tony Neill, executive vice president of Navman Wireless, said: “The LEZ has had a dramatic impact on virtually all transport firms using Greater London.

“While these new measures must be welcomed from an environmental perspective, they will no doubt hit the transport industry hard financially.”

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