London LEZ enforcement delayed

Enforcement of new rules for London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is to be delayed.

The LEZ, which covers most of Greater London, is due to have its standards tightened for buses, coaches and lorries in line with the Euro VI requirements in place for the central London ULEZ. From 26 October 2020, heavier vehicles not meeting the new stricter emissions standards would have had to pay a daily charge to drive within the LEZ.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked TfL to delay the enforcement of the new rules for at least four months. The reason given is to allow the freight industry to focus on its core operations during the current pandemic.

TfL has already temporarily suspended the current Low Emission Zone, Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) until further notice to help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place.

Although the new rules will still legally come into force on 26 October, no charges will be payable or enforced for non-compliant vehicles under those new standards until the end of February 2021. The new date for the start of enforcement will be kept under review.

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