31 January 2008
Transport for London (TfL) has introduced a period of grace for any vehicle entering London's new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that fails to meet the required standards.
The zone, introduced on 4 February, has been designed to reduce the number of the most polluting vehicles entering the capital. It will apply to vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes that do not meet emission standards. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches will also be affected from 7 July. Vehicles that fail to meet emission standards will have to pay a £200 charge for entering the zone, which covers most of Greater London.
But during the first 28 days, any vehicle that enters the zone and does not comply with emission standards will receive a warning letter, instead of a penalty notice. Gordon Telling, head of policy for London, South East and East of England at the Freight Transport Association, said: "The 28-day compliance limit for first offences will help operators that have made reasonable efforts to comply but have encountered problems."
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