From 3 January 2012 more than 1 million van drivers will be forced to pay £100 per day if they wish to travel in the London Emission Zone (LEZ) as a result of more stringent restrictions on emissions.
Any van that fails to meet Euro Three emissions standards will be eligible to pay the fine and will generally be around ten years old and include vans, minibuses and diesel vehicles that have been registered since January 2002.
Euro emissions standards are becoming stricter and whilst most engines are Euro Five compliant now, any van registered ten or more years ago is likely to fall foul of the emissions standards.
Of the 3.57 million vans on the road, 31.1 per cent – more than 1.1 million - are expected to be affected by the changes come January. That national average soars to 37 per cent in the capital which means 85,000 London-based vehicles will have to pay the daily LEZ charge unless they change their van to something with less harmful emissions and particulates or buy a Transport for London (TfL) emission filter for £1,500.