More LEZ curbs for big emitters

Motorists driving older vehicles including light 4x4 pick-ups, large vans and motorised horse boxes face daily fines of up to £200 if they happen to venture into the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from January next year.

Vehicles carrying things like mountain bikes, old furniture, surfing gear etc have now been included within the ambit of the LEZ regulations as part of plans to tackle big emitters on the British roads.

The new regulations will come into force on January 3.

According to curbs linked to Euro IV emissions standards, an old van carrying several mountain bikes and driving around anywhere in London is liable to be penalised.

The LEZ covers most of the areas on the M25.

"Transport for London estimates 72,000 vans and minibuses will be affected by the new LEZ regulations. We believe that many will be owned by drivers that have converted them to meet the requirements of their passion for outdoor sports with sleeping and cooking facilities in the back and a rack to store a surfboard on the roof," said Alex Wright, managing director of Shoreham Vehicle Auctions.

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