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Boris Van Exchange Scheme

From 3 January 2012, the emissions standards for vehicles already affected by the Low Emissions Zone(LEZ) from 2008 will be tightened. Lorries over 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches will be required to meet a Euro IV for PM standard to drive within the LEZ without charge. This was announced when the scheme was originally approved in 2007 and has always been due to take effect from 3 January 2012.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson announced he has secured significant discounts off new vans and minibuses in an unprecedented package of financial deals for drivers set to be affected by changes to the capital’s Low Emission Zone.

Not only is pollution a serious concern for health but London also has to meet European legal standards for air quality.
Whilst the new standards will quadruple the number of vehicles impacted by the LEZ, most vehicles driving in London currently meet the new standards already.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: ‘Vans are the lifeblood of this city. Their drivers are knights of the road, an army of entrepreneurs who decorate our homes, fix our plumbing and generally provide all the vital goods and services essential to the smooth running of our city. This noble bunch is mostly small business owners and independent traders who are focused on grafting hard to support their families and build a better future.

Owners of larger vans and minibuses who do not meet the required emissions standards by 3 January 2012, and who drive within Greater London, will have to pay a £100 daily charge or risk a £500 penalty.
Manufacturers are offering a range of deals – up to £3,300 off the cost of a new van in some cases!

Full details can be seen at on the ‘Replace a vehicle’ page with links to manufacturers’ own website pages.

Sussex Transport will ensure its fleet of HIAB’s, Moffett’s, Artic’s, Rigid’s and vans are all compliant. Some of their staff are already doing their bit by cycling to and from work!