HGVs, buses and coaches are currently required to meet the Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM) emissions. Larger vans and minibuses were included in the LEZ from 3 January 2012 and must meet the Euro 3 standard for PM emissions to drive within Greater London.
Vans and minibuses first registered as new with the DVLA on or after 1 January 2002 are assumed to meet the Euro 3 standard. Vehicles not meeting the emissions standard can be made to do so by modifying them. Alternatively, operators of vehicles that do not meet the standard need to pay a daily charge of £100 to drive within the zone.
Vehicles that came into scope in 2008 were required to meet the Euro IV standard for PM emissions from 3 January 2012. Operators of vehicles that do not meet this standard need to pay a daily charge of £200 to drive within the zone.
Our tanker meets the most recent Euro VII standard and therefore produces very few harmful emissions, bringing it firmly in line with our strong focus on caring for the environment.
Also, from 26 October 2020, all HGVs more than 12 tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a valid HGV Safety Permit. The HGV Safety Permit scheme will cover Greater London and be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The main requirement of the HGV Safety Permit will be the Direct Vision Standard, which gives HGVs a star rating, measured by how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows. Safe System measures help reduce the danger of HGVs that don't meet the minimum star rating for an HGV Safety Permit.
As of October 2020 any vehicles entering Greater London without a safety permit will be breaking the law and liable for fines of £550.
Our new tanker has a 5 star DVS rating (the highest level) meaning the driver has full visibility around the vehicle – reducing the risk to cyclists and pedestrians alike.
TfL provides further information on the Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit.