The new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into effect in central London in April and with it a daily charge of £100 for lorries not meeting the emissions standards.
The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge and operates within the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ).
For heavy vehicles, including lorries and other specialist vehicles over 3.5T and buses and coaches over 5T, the ULEZ standard is Euro VI. Contractors operating within the ULEZ and not meeting the standard need to be alert to the new charge which, if not paid on time, attracts a penalty of £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days).
Hedy Aghdam, managing director of GVL Management Limited, said: “Although we are not supportive of seemingly financial means of tackling congestion and pollution, and we favour the carrot rather than the stick, there perhaps could have been more encouragement in cleaner technologies in lorries and investment incentives for operators to upgrade their fleets – something similar to the car scrappage scheme.”
The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight. For those driving within the ULEZ area across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, the requirement is to pay two daily charges.