Recent analysis by Manheim, a leading UK provider of integrated products and services for the vehicle remarketing sector, indicates that 80% of diesel vans could be affected and attract penalty charges when entering a CAZ (Clean Air Zone) as they do not meet the required standard for emissions. When the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) in London and the CAZ in Birmingham are introduced, the only vehicles exempt from those charges will be vans with Euro 6 diesel engines, Euro 4 petrol engines or electric vans.
According to Manheim, the vast majority of vans do not meet that criteria, and those who do enter ULEZ/CAZs are likely to face significant daily charges – Birmingham will charge £8 a day from January 2020, and London’s 24/7 ULEZ will see both a daily non-compliance charge of £12,50 AND £11.50 Congestion Charge. Costs can be significant – even for smaller fleets with anticipated current costs rising theefold for a fleet of 5 vans and 1 truck.
To help with understanding what is coming, Manheim have produced a free guide to the potential implications and consequences for operators once these zones are initiated. Fleet operators need to be aware that London are now in the process of rolling out Zero Emission Zones (ZEZ) on a street by street basis, and so future van purchase decisions should take this into account.