Transport for London (TfL) is reminding drivers of the need to comply with changes to the London Low Emission Zone coming into effect from January.
From January 3rd 2012 larger vans, minibuses and specialist vehicles will be required to meet LEZ emissions standards for the first time. The daily fine for not complying will be £100.
On the same date LEZ emissions standards for HGVs, buses and coaches will be tightened with vehicles having to meet the Euro 3 emissions standard for particulate matter (PM).
Drivers of these classes of vehicles which do not comply with the standards will face a £200 daily charge.
Larger vans and minibuses were originally scheduled to become subject to the LEZ in October 2010, however Mayor of London Boris Johnson postponed the implementation.
That decision prompted criticism from environmental campaigners who accused the Mayor of failing to take the issue of air quality seriously.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s environment director, said: “The Mayor is taking robust steps to deliver cleaner air and improve Londoners’ health. Changes to the Low Emission Zone in January are a key part of these plans.
“There is a range of options available to vehicle owners and as part of this, the Mayor has agreed deals with a number of vehicle manufacturers for discounts off new vehicles. However, some options to make vehicles compliant, such as fitting an approved filter, can take up to three months to complete, so I urge those who are affected to take action as soon as possible.”