London’s LEZ will take into account a whole series of extra vehicles – most importantly most vans over ten years old – they have to meet Euro 3 standards or higher. Not only does it include used vans, but also pick-ups and other specialist conversions, weighing over 1205 kg unladen up to a gross vehicle weight of 3500 kg, registered before 1 January 2002.
Examples of other vehicles affected include campervans, motorhomes and ambulances between 2500 and 3500 kg GVW, and minibuses carrying more than eight passengers up to 5000 kg GVW.
London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson has worked with a number of van makers to offer discounts and incentives for owners of effected vehicle to upgrade to a newer van. For most van owners a conversion is out of the question as costs start at £2,000 per vehicle and will incur annual maintenance costs.
To help encourage owners to replace their older vehicles the Department of Transport for London (TfL) has identified and mailed 54,000 van owners who regularly enter the low emission zone, to provide details of special sales incentives available to purchase a new van and avoid the impending LEZ entry charges.
Volkswagen’s offers include deposit contributions towards its low-rate finance offers for new vans, and preferential servicing packages for used ones.
Peugeot is providing all registered owners who are mailed by TfL a range of “Cashback” offers to reduce the cost of purchasing a new Peugeot van, from £500 on the Bipper to £2,000 on the Boxer.
Payments will only be made to customers who have been mailed by TfL.
Ford is also supporting its London-based customers with a commercial vehicle scrappage programme that will help them move from older vans into cleaner, greener commercial vehicles.
Owners of vans that are 10, or more, years old will qualify for up to £3,000 off a new Ford van. Ford’s scrappage scheme incentives are available on the Ford Fiesta Van (£1,000), Ford Transit Connect (£1,500) and the Ford Transit (£2,000 –FWD or £3,000 for the rear wheel drive).
Ford of Britain commercial vehicle director, Steve Clary said: “Ford is pleased that, together with the Ford dealer network, it can offer van customers operating in the London area up to £3,000 discount on our latest, low-CO2 commercial vehicles. Ford is acting in advance of the new LEZ measures to ease the transition from older vans into new commercial vehicles.”
Citroën has committed to the London Mayor’s Office to provide a ‘Go Green & Clean Allowance’ of up to £3,500
Scott Michael, Citroën UK’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, commented; “The Citroën LCV range is one of the greenest and cleanest available in the UK, with low CO2 emissions from just 109g/km. The new Citroën ‘Go Green & Clean Allowance’ is yet another practical demonstration of the brand’s affordable, environmental policy.“
The Citroën ‘Go Green & Clean Allowance’ of up to £3,500 towards a new Citroën LCV is available to any operator who can produce the above letter from TfL, referring to a vehicle that was registered before 1 January 2002 and which has a current Vehicle Excise Duty licence and an MOT.
From 1 May 2011, the Citroën ‘Go Green & Clean Allowance’ will consist of Nemo £1,750, Citroen Berlingo £2,500, Dispatch Combi, £2,500, Dispatch van £3,500 and £3,500 towards a new Relay.
Hybrid van maker Ashwoods have also got in on the action, although not with their hybrid Transit. Instead the company is promoting its EcoDrive system which is an aid for the driver to improve driving style. Prices start at £11,995, plus £500 cash back for a customer’s non-compliant vehicle.