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Low Emissions Zone

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is unlikely to affect many of us horsebox drivers on a day to day basis – unless your route involves driving into London. It applies to an area (predominantly) inside the M25 motorway and is designed to improve air quality in the city by deterring the most polluting vehicles from entering.

Vehicles most affected are large diesel vehicles, namely lorries, vans buses and anything derived from lorries, i.e. horseboxes.

The LEZ came into force in 2008 and applies to many horseboxes over 3.5 tonnes.

Is your vehicle LEZ compliant?

LEZ  is enforced using fixed and mobile cameras which read your vehicle's registration number plate as you drive within the zone. This will then be checked against a database of registered vehicles which meet the LEZ emissions standards, are exempt from the charge or are registered for a 100 per cent discount. If your vehicle doesn't meet the LEZ emission standards or qualify for an exemption or discount, you will have to pay the daily charge.

Vehicles registered in Great Britain

For vehicles registered in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), this database is compiled using data from:
  • The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • The Vehicle Operator Services agency (VOSA)
  • The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
  • Drivers and operators who register directly with TfL
Last updated: 02/07/2010
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