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London RCVs could face pollution fines of £200 a day from 2012

Refuse Collection Vehicle operators in London could face daily fines of £200 per vehicle from 2012 if they do not upgrade to tighter emissions standards, under amendments announced by Transport for London (TFL).

From 3 January 2012, TFL will be increasing vehicle particulate matter standards in London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) – a region which covers virtually all of Greater London.

All RCVs operating in the LEZ that weigh over 3.5 tonnes gross and registered as new before 1 October 2006 will be required to upgrade to Euro IV level particulate matter standards, or face a daily charge of £200.

If daily charges are not paid, RCV operators could face fines of £1000, or £500 if paid within 14 days.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “In recognition that these are tough financial times, I have given people longer to prepare their vehicles for these changes.”

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said:”The majority of our vehicles that operate within the London LEZ are already compliant with either Euro IV legislation (and in some cases with the Euro V standard) or with Euro III legislation but with Reduced Pollution Certificates (RPCs) which make them compliant too.”

The company explained it was in the process of identifying the minority of vehicles that will require modification to receive Low Emissions Certificate (LEC) that denotes compliance.

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