The Mayor of London has asked Transport for London to delay the enforcement of new rules for London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and Direct Vision Standards (DVS) for at least four months after their introduction this October.
Although the new rules under both schemes will still legally come into force on 26 October, no charges will be payable or enforced until the end of February 2021. The new date for the start of enforcement will be kept under review.
We realise that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the road, freight and bus sectors in ways which could make compliance with the new standards more challenging.
Though companies have been preparing for the new rules for some time, with many vehicles already compliant, the pandemic has disrupted supply chains and has placed additional demands on the industry. Postponing enforcement will allow the freight industry to focus on its core operations during the pandemic.
We remain committed to working together to tackle some of London’s biggest challenges, including road danger and air quality. Tightened emission standards for buses, coaches, lorries and specialist vehicles – in line with the tough requirements in place for the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone – will help clean up London’s air and save lives.
Meanwhile, the DVS will reduce danger to vulnerable road users by introducing a safety permit system for HGVs, assigning vehicles a star rating based on how much the driver can see through their cab window.
Customer Information Team
Transport for London