Driving into London over the weekend, I spotted a billboard screaming "Low E Zone, February 2008". Somewhat bewildered by the statement, I did some research, and I cannot believe how uninformed the UK is about this initiative.
Transport for London explain: The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will start on 4 February 2008 and will apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It will affect diesel-engined lorries over 12 tonnes in weight.
The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is a scheme to reduce the pollution emissions of diesel powered motor vehicles in the Greater London area, but private cars will not be covered. Vehicles will be defined by their emissions and those that exceed pre determined levels will be charged to enter the designated area. The zone is expected to start operation on February 4, 2008, with an increasingly stricter regime up to 2012 when it will be fully operational.
The LEZ will be clearly identifiable by:
- Signs at the boundary informing drivers they are entering the zone
- Signs on roads outside the zone giving advance warning to drivers that they are approaching the LEZ
- Signs approximately every 5km within the zone to let drivers know they are within the LEZ