London’s DVS and LEZ changes – what you need to know

For those who drive for a living, keeping up to date with new and changing road legislation is really important – and there’s been two updates this week that you need to be aware of, especially if you are driving through the capital.

This week on Monday 1st March the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) comes into force in London. Any and all HGVs over 12 tonnes driving in London must meet DVS standards. Any vehicle over 12 tonnes not meeting these standards will face a daily £550 fine! If you know your vehicle has a zero star rating, you can apply for the permit and submit a written statement online. For more information, visit the TfL website.

There’s also been a change to the Low Emission Zone standards, with tougher restrictions brought into force. If you drive an HGV, van or other specialist heavy vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight or a coach over 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight within the LEZ and it does not meet Euro VI (NOx and PM), you will need to pay the daily LEZ charge. The charges are as follows:

  • Is Euro IV or V (PM) – you will need to pay a daily charge of £100
  • Doesn’t meet Euro IV (PM) – you will need to pay a daily charge of £300

Happy Driving!

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