December 18, 2014

London 2012 LEZ Changes – Your Motorhome Might Be Compliant After All…

London LEZ sign, courtesy of Martin Addison

London LEZ sign, courtesy of Martin Addison

I’ve written about the London LEZ 2012 changes before (and attracted a surprising number of comments), but judging from this article in The Guardian last Saturday, it is still news to many people, including some unfortunate motorhome buyers who are, effectively, being sold duds.

However, I’ve just found that there might be a glimmer of hope for some lucky motorhome owners, thanks to Transport for London updating their database of vehicle information to take into account ‘early adopters’ – vehicles that were Euro 3/Euro 4 compliant before the legal deadline.

For example, I have discovered that my 2001-registered Ford Transit is Euro 3 compliant – I expected it not to be, based on its registration date and my previous use of the TfL Compliance Checker.

Upgraded TfL Compliance Checker

You can now enter your motorhome’s registration number into the Transport For London (TfL) online compliance checker – previously you could only enter its registration date. This means that your specific vehicle model is checked for Euro 3 compliance.

Click here to use the LEZ Compliance Checker

A number of companies have registered as ‘early adopters’ with TfL – meaning that they were producing Euro 3 models before they were legally required to in 2002. TfL now recognises these vehicles automatically in many cases. The UK is not the only country to have had this problem. I now know that I should have a Euro 3 German Umweltplakette – but I was issued a Euro 2 sticker when we visited Germany in 2009.

London LEZ 2012 Rule Changes – Summary

The London Low Emission Zone covers most of the area inside the M25 (but not the M25 itself). Click here for a map.

For anyone who is new to this or would like a reminder, here is a summary of the rule changes coming into force for the London Low Emissions Zone on 3rd January 2012 (this list covers vehicles registered as ‘motor caravans’ only; other requirements apply to vans and minibuses).

Motorhomes with a Gross Vehicle Weight of 2,500kg – 3,500kg

  • Must be Euro 3 complaint from 3rd January 2012
  • Vehicles registered before 1st January 2002 are assumed not to be compliant
  • But… some pre-2002 models are compliant and TfL now has a more sophisticated checking system

For example*, Ford Transit models registered from 1st July 2000, Renault Trafic models registered from 1st September 2001 and Volkswagen Caravelle models registered from 1st March 2001.

Visit the TfL LEZ website for full details (scroll down and look for the link to the list of early adopters).

Motorhomes with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 3,500kg

It’s the same story with motorhomes that have a gross weight of more than 3,500kg. There is a cutoff date, but some (many?) models made just before this might also be compliant. Here are the details:

  • Must be Euro 4 compliant from 3rd January 2012
  • Vehicles registered before 1st October 2006 are assumed not to be compliant
  • But… some earlier models are compliant and TfL has improved its checking system
  • A number of ‘early adopter’ companies have registered their early Euro 4 models with TfL. The manufacturers that might apply to large motorhome owners are Iveco, DAF, Volvo, Daimler Chrysler (Mercedes-Benz) and Scania. Iveco in particular supplies the base vehicles for a number of large motorhome models.

Again, visit the TfL LEZ website for full details (scroll down and look for the link to the list of early adopters).

2012 LEZ Changes Still Bad News For Many Motorhomers

Despite the fact that 2001 Transit owners like myself can now celebrate our unexpected LEZ-compliant status, there are still many more motorhomers who will have no choice but to sell their motorhomes or store them outside the LEZ before the 3rd January 2012.

Having a particulate filter kit fitted will not be worth the cost for many owners – nor will the cost of storage outside the LEZ, which means outside the M25. The frustrating part is that most people living in London will only use their motorhomes to get away from London – not to drive around inside the city.

Finally, for those of you who have non-compliant motorhomes and live away from London, it is worth noting that the LEZ includes most areas inside the M25 (click here for a map. The popular Crystal Palace and Lee Valley campsites are both inside the LEZ – so you will not be able to use those as a base for visiting London in a non-compliant motorhome.

*Examples taken from the list of early adopters provided on the Transport for London website

Comments

  1. ronald carlile says:

    I THINK ITS A COMPLETE JOKE THAT THE LEZ IS UPDATING THIS SITE ON REGISTRATIONS AS MY FORD MOTORHOME CAME BACK AS NONE COMPLIANT AFTER EVEN SPEAKING TO THEM AND SAYING IT IS A EURO 3 ENGINE WITH ELECTRONIC THROTTLE,I SAVED ALOT OF MONEY TO BUY THIS MOTORHOME AND HAD TO SELL BECAUSE I’M 500 YARDS INSIDE THE 25, WHY COULD’NT THE LEZ GET ALL THERE FACTS RIGHT AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHERE THEY STAND JUST GOES TO SHOW THEY MAKE IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG AS THE WORKING CLASS SUFFER AGAIN!!! PS I BET THE BUSES AND TAXIS STILL CHUCK THERE BLACK SMOKE OUT.

    • Ronald,

      So sorry to hear this – I am gutted for you.

      I had exactly the same experience when I checked my motorhome (late 2001 Ford Transit) – originally, it came back as non-compliant, but with the new registration checker it was listed as compliant. Luckily, I don’t live inside the LEZ so I was only checking in case I wanted to drive into London.

      I can’t understand why TfL didn’t start out using the proper information direct from vehicle manufacturers. It’s left a lot of motorhome owners high and dry.

      Regards, Roland

  2. Dave Burrows says:

    I bought a new Adria Izola low profile motorhome in Sep 2006 and have stayed in the Abbey Wood site and loved it! Now my vehicle with only 12,000 mile on the clock is non-compliant. I did upgrade from 3,500kg to 4,000kg on purchase to account for any futurepayload problems, I did not expect to incur a £200 charge to drive from the M25 to this site and £200 to drive out again. There is some doubt as to whether a vehicle parked up on the site and not driven during the stay will incur an additional daily charge.

    My vehicle sails through its MOT emmisions test, so why are we being denied reasonable access to this site, surely there must be a concession negotiable via the Caravan Club and LEZ authority.

    Totally …….off

    Dave

  3. derek chilton says:

    HOW MUCH MORE OF THIS CLAPTRAP THIS TFL MUST HAVE BRIANS IN THEIR REAR END ITS A JOB FOR THE WASTERS THE CARAVAN CLUBS LET ALL THEIR MEMBERS DOWN NOT WORTH JOINING PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND STILL PAY FOR CAMP SITES WHO MAKES THE MONEY NOT THE MEMBERS WHAT YOU CAMPERS NEED TO DO IS SHOW THIS SHOWER WHAT YOU THINK YOPU ALL KNOW HOW TO DO IT LISTEN TO THE FRENCH IF SOME VANS ARE REALY BAD AND CAN NOT BE MODERNISED AND THEY ARE BAD AND SMELLY THAT I CAN AGREE BUT MOTORHOMES THAT DO LESS THAN 6000 A YEAR DO NOT SMOG UP THE COUNTRY ITS THE BAD AIR FROM THE EU AND TFL THIS COUNTRY IS REALY RUN BY EUROPE LETS GET REAL DEL

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