Meet Low Emission Zone future & current requirements?

ECL offer a vehicle systems upgrade service that allows your company to meet the future and current requirements of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ). If a retrofit solution is the best option for your vehicles or if we can provide you with alternative solutions we can do this in our North London Specialist Centre in Wood Green.
How to comply

Replace your vehicle.

Fit Approved pollution abatement equipment.

It may be possible to fit approved pollution abatement equipment to reduce your vehicle's particulate matter emissions sufficiently to meet the LEZ emissions standards. Normally this would be a particulate trap, which is a filter that is fitted in the exhaust pipe of a vehicle to reduce emissions of particulate matter.

Re-engine your vehicle
You may choose to replace the engine in your vehicle with a more recent model. If you re-engine your vehicle you need to register with Transport for London.

Convert to gas
You may choose to convert your vehicle to run on pure gas using an approved conversion. For GB operators, pure gas conversions should be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and must be certified by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
It should be noted that vehicles with conversion to other fuels or that run on bio diesel are not deemed to meet the required LEZ emissions standards.

TfL only accept pollution abatement equipment that has been certified by a TfL-approved supplier.

TfL is working with suppliers to ensure that appropriate pollution abatement equipment will be available for larger vans and minibuses due to be affected in 2012. TfL expects that approved pollution abatement equipment will be available for these vehicles from January 2011.
All vehicles registered in Great Britain which are fitted with an abatement device or modification, must be inspected annually by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and receive either a Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) or Low Emissions Certificate (LEC) to confirm that a modification appropriate to the engine has been fitted.

Testing

Getting an RPC or LEC

1. Check eligibility
Only pollution abatement equipment which has been independently certified to meet the required emissions standards for the LEZ will be accepted by TfL.

2. Find a supplier
Equipment manufacturers can advise you on approved abatement devices that may be available for your engine.
The table below provides details of approved abatement equipment suppliers. To use the table, find the column corresponding to the age and emission standard of your vehicle. The Euro standard alongside each supplier indicates the emissions standard that approved abatement equipment may be able to achieve - ie either the Euro III for Particulate Matter (PM) standard required in 2008, or the higher Euro IV for PM standard required in 2012, dependent upon the device and engine.

3. Fit certified equipment
Suppliers can recommend fitters. Ensure you keep all documentation for the engine and device as you will need to provide this to VOSA.
You have two options when fitting certified equipment:

Option 1: Book and take a test with VOSA
Book either a Low Emissions or Reduced Pollution test. Call VOSA on 0300 123 9000 or visit the Transport Office website to find your local Heavy Goods Vehicle Test Station.
VOSA will examine your vehicle to confirm that the abatement device or modification is approved with the specific engine in your vehicle, as recorded on TfL's Approved Devices List. If they are not, the test will not be carried out or, if the inspection has already begun, the vehicle will be failed. They will also carry out a smoke opacity test to check it is functioning correctly and meets the required test standards. A fee of £32 will be charged for the test. For further information about the technical testing process, please visit the Transport Office website.
Test results will be sent to TfL automatically. It may take up to 10 days for TfL's database to be updated.

Option 2: Take a test on site by an Authorised Examiner
The fitter who is fitting the approved abatement device may be a VOSA authorised examiner and therefore eligible to conduct the required smoke opacity test for you.
Once the test is successfully completed, the authorised examiner will submit application forms to VOSA, who will then conduct a quality check on the documentation received. If all the requirements have been achieved, VOSA will issue either a LEC or RPC and send the certificate direct to the operator by post. A fee of £32 will be charged for the issue of the certificate.
Test results will be sent to TfL automatically. It may take up to 10 days for TfL's database to be updated.
For more information, download the information leaflet on the Transport Office website.

4. Remember to re-test
RPCs and LECs are valid for at least 12 months, after which vehicles will need to be re-tested. This test can be scheduled with your annual vehicle inspection.
If you fail to re-test your vehicle, your RPC or LEC will expire. If you drive within the LEZ and no valid daily charge has been paid, you may be liable for a Penalty Charge.

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