Tighter LEZ standards now in place

Coaches and buses entering London’s Low Emission Zone must now meet Euro VI standards or pay a daily charge.

These new standards apply to heavy vehicles across most of Greater London and match the emission standards of the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

The LEZ applies to buses, minibuses and coaches of over five-tonnes, as well as other heavy vehicles. Before the new standard, these vehicles had to meet Euro IV emission levels within the Zone or face a daily charge.

If entering the LEZ with a vehicle that meets Euro IV or V (PM) standards, a daily charge of £100 will be applied. If the vehicle does not meet Euro IV (PM), a daily charge of £300 will be made. There is no charge if the vehicle meets Euro VI standard (NOx and PM).

The LEZ covers most of Greater London and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It is separate from the ULEZ.

The date for enforcement of these tougher standards was delayed from October 2020 in response to concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains for newer vehicles and retrofit equipment during the tightest lockdown restrictions in early 2020. TfL reviewed this decision in early September 2020 and found that supply chains had resumed and are able to meet the expected demand.

Earlier this year TFL announced that its entire 9,000-strong core bus fleet complies with the LEZ standards, and now meets or exceeds the cleanest Euro VI emissions standards.

  • More details of the LEZ can be found here.

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