Press Release

London Low Emission Zone extension – Don’t risk it, rent it!

Release Date: 
04/07/2008

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is advising operators making occasional visits to London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to consider renting appropriate vehicles rather than being charged or fined for using older, non-conforming trucks.

In operation since February for lorries over 12 tonnes, the LEZ sets a minimum emission standard for vehicles entering Greater London, with a punitive £200 daily fee for those which can’t meet it. Unlike the congestion charge, the LEZ is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

From Monday, July 7, the 610-square mile LEZ is extending its reach to cover any commercial vehicle over 3.5 tonnes, with a hefty fine of up to £1000 for operators who are caught unprepared by one of the zone’s automatic number plate-reading cameras.

Vehicles registered after October 1st 2001 are assumed to meet the Euro-3 emission standards the LEZ is currently based on. Owners of vehicles purchased before this date will either have to pay to have them modified and/or registered as meeting the standard, or pay the daily fee when working in London.

Cheaper, better for the environment

Whilst an investment in expensive modifications or even replacement vehicles may make sense for regular visitors to the capital, the BVRLA suggests that occasional visits within the M25 could be more cost-effective if a rental vehicle is used.

“With short term truck rental rates starting at around £60 a day, there is almost no reason for anyone to pay the daily £200 fee to take a pre-Euro-3 vehicle into the LEZ,” said BVRLA director general, John Lewis.

“Not only is renting cheaper, it uses a more fuel efficient vehicle and it’s better for the environment.”

Last year the Freight Transport Association estimated that there were 60,000 non-compliant vehicles operating wholly or partly within the LEZ area.

BVRLA Members currently operate more than 510,000 vans and trucks across their rental and leasing operations in the UK.

About the BVRLA:
The BVRLA is the trade body for companies engaged in the leasing and rental of cars and commercial vehicles. Its members provide short-term self-drive rental, leasing hire and fleet management services to corporate users and consumers. They operate a combined fleet of 2.6 million cars, vans and trucks, buying 44% of all new vehicles sold in the UK. Through its members and their customers, the BVRLA represents the interests of more than two million business car drivers and the 10 million people who use a rental vehicle each year. As well as lobbying the government on key issues affecting the sector, the BVRLA regulates the industry through a mandatory code of conduct. www.bvrla.co.uk

For more information:
Toby Poston – Head of PR and Media
e: toby@bvrla.co.uk
t:  01494 545700
m: 07979 756533