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London Businesses Urged to Clean up Their Fleets

The British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is urging businesses in London to clean up their fleets, following the introduction of ULEZ.

With the Ultra-Low Emission Zone being introduced, businesses across London are being urged to clean up their fleets by the BVRLA.

“Businesses across London are upgrading their fleets to comply with the new ULEZ, but it is clear that many smaller firms are still unaware of the zone or are struggling to afford the switch to expensive new low emission vans and trucks,” said BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney.

Whilst it may be expensive in the short term for smaller businesses to upgrade their fleets, the long term costs of driving in London with an older commercial vehicle are likely to be very expensive.

“It is vital that these companies assess their potential ULEZ costs and work out if they are eligible for any of the discounts, exemptions or scrappage schemes that are available.

“In many cases, they will be able to manage their costs better by leasing or hiring a compliant car, van or truck. BVRLA members have more than 100 branches and depots within the Greater London area, as well as thousands of car club cars and vans strategically located on streets across the capital.” - BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney

Clean Air Zones UK

London isn't the only city in the UK being pushed to clean up its air. Clean Air Zones are being introduced across the UK as the Government aims to clean up its air by 2021.

A Clean Air Zone is a defined area where action is taken to improve air quality. An area is set by the local authority, usually city centres - meaning some vehicles can be charged or fined for entering.

A local authority can set the area to a single road, or part of a city.

The plans set out by local authorities will discourage the most polluting vehicles from entering.

Different authorities will be able to set their own Clean Air Zones, each council was asked to create an Air Quality Improvement plan and submit it to the Government by March 2018.

You can find out more about Clean Air Zones in our article here:

Clean Air Zones: What are they? Where are they? What do they mean?

BVRLA ULEZ Five-Point Checklist:

Where are the Ulra Low Emission Zones in London?:

ULEZ will cover central London at first, as seen on the map below. The zone will be extended in the future in different phases.

Image Credit: Transport for London

What will I be charged in a ULEZ?

The ULEZ is being rolled out in three phases, the first phase came into effect on April 8, 2019.

On Oct 26 2020, a London-wide low emission zone will be brought into effect for larger vehicles like lorries. The final phase will extend the ULEZ for all vehicles to inner London boroughs on October 25, 2021.

The average daily charge for a car that does not meet new emissions standards is £12.50, in addition to the congestion charge. ULEZ charges are in effect 24/7, 365 days a year.

If you fail to pay the ULEZ charge, you will face a penalty of £160 (reduced to £80 if you pay within 14 days).

Lorries will face a much larger daily charge at £100. Failure to pay would mean lorry drivers face a penalty of £1000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days).

How do I pay the ULEZ charge?

Drivers that enter an Ultra-Low Emission Zone in a non-compliant vehicle will be able to pay by midnight on the day of the journey or up to 90 days in advance.

There are a number of different ways to pay the charge. The easiest being the Auto Pay system so that charges are paid automatically.

Another way to pay the ULEZ charge is by using Tfl Pay to drive in London app. Visit TfL to learn more about payment methods.

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Posted on 8th April 2019 at 2:36 PM

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