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Is Your Horse Transport Vehicle Meeting the Low Emissions Zone Standards?

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The objective of the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is to improve air quality in London by deterring the most polluting vehicles from being driven in the area.

The vehicles affected are older diesel-engined lorries, coaches, buses, large vans, minibuses and other specialised vehicles that are derived from lorries and vans such as motor caravans and motorised horse boxes.

The LEZ covers most of Greater London following the Greater London Authority boundary and will operate every day of the year from 4 February 2008.

Vehicles that meet the required emissions standards for the LEZ can be driven within the Zone without paying a daily charge.

Operators of vehicles that do not meet the LEZ emissions standards can take action to avoid paying the daily charge, such as modifying the vehicle to improve its emissions, or using a different vehicle within the Zone.

Vehicles that do not meet the specified emissions standards can be used within the Zone but operators will be subject to a substantial daily charge. If the daily charge is not paid you may be liable for a penalty charge.

Vehicles affected
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will affect older, diesel-engined lorries, buses, coaches and large vans (exceeding 1.205 tonnes unladen weight) and minibuses.

It will also include other specialist vehicles that are derived from lorries and vans including; motorised horse boxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, refuse collection vehicles, gritters, sweepers, concrete mixers, tippers, removals lorries, fire engines, motor caravans, ambulances and large hearses (over 2.5 tonnes) are also included.
How to comply
If you currently use a vehicle within the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), and it does not meet the specified emissions standards, there are a number of options available to you:

Certify your engine emissions:

Some Euro II and a few Euro I certified vehicles registered before 1st October 2001 may have sufficiently low particulate matter emissions that they meet the LEZ emissions standards in 2008 without modification. Only certain specific models of engine will comply. These are listed on the LEC Eligible Engines List. The process for providing TfL with evidence that your vehicle has one of these engines is explained in detail on the Engine Certification page. Vehicles registered before 1st October 2001 with any other engine are not compliant and operators will need to take further action as described below.
Modify your vehicle:

Modify the vehicle to meet the required emissions standard, by fitting pollution abatement equipment or a cleaner engine. These modifications will need to be certified by an authorised agency - in the UK this is the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
Replace your vehicle:

Replace your vehicle with a newer vehicle that meets the emissions standards for the LEZ.
Reorganise your fleet:

Reorganise your vehicle fleet so that only vehicles that meet the LEZ emissions standards are used within the Zone.
Pay the daily charge:

Pay the daily charge for each day you drive within the LEZ.

Penalty charges
If you drive an affected vehicle in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that does not meet the required emissions standards, is not exempt or entitled to a 100% discount and you do not pay the daily charge, you may be liable for a penalty charge. This will be issued to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Lorries, buses and coaches: 1000 penalty charge per day. This will be reduced to 500 if paid within 14 calendar days, but increased to 1500 if not paid within 28 calendar days.
Large vans and minibuses: 500 penalty charge per day. This will be reduced to 250 if paid within 14 calendar days, but increased to 750 if not paid within 28 calendar days.
A penalty charge may be issued if the charge has not been paid by midnight on the next working day after the day of travel, or if an incorrect Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) or day of travel was supplied when the charge was paid.
If a vehicle is found to have three or more outstanding penalty charges against it then further enforcement proceedings may be taken and TfL has the power to clamp and/or remove these vehicles. Do not ignore a penalty charge.

There will be a phased introduction of the LEZ from 4 February 2008 through to January 2012
Different vehicles will be affected over time and increasingly tougher emissions standards will apply
The vehicles affected by the LEZ, the relevant emissions standards and the date on which standards come into effect are outlined in Emissions standards
If your vehicle does not meet the emissions standards you should read How to comply which describes options available to enable you to meet the LEZ requirements without paying the daily charge.

Added on: 20 Sep 2007

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