HGVs, lorries, buses & coaches

From 3 January 2012, these vehicles need to meet the Euro IV standard for particulate matter (PM), whether your vehicle is used for commercial or for private purposes.

What are the emissions standards?

The LEZ emissions standards are based on Euro standards for the emission of PM. PM is very fine particles of soot emitted by vehicles, which have an effect on health. This type of pollution can contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, other respiratory illnesses and even early death.

The age and weight of a vehicle indicate the level of PM it produces.

The table below shows those diesel vehicles which don't meet the LEZ emissions standards. If you own any of the vehicles listed, you will need to take action before driving within the LEZ, or pay the daily charge.

Diesel vehicles that don't meet the LEZ emissions standards (when registered as new before 1 October 2006)
Vehicle typeWeight
Lorries
Motor caravans
Motorised horseboxes
Breakdown and recovery vehicles
Snow ploughs
Gritters
Refuse collection vehicles
Road sweepers
Concrete mixers
Fire engines
Tippers
Removal lorries
Other specialist vehicles
More than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight
Buses
Coaches (with 8+ passenger seats)
More than 5 tonnes gross vehicle weight

If your vehicle isn't included in this table, use our tools to check if your vehicle is affected.

If your vehicle is affected by the LEZ, find out what your options are.

Early adopters

Some vehicles first registered shortly before 1 October 2006 will also meet the LEZ Euro IV standard as some manufacturers started producing and using engines which met the Euro IV standard before this date. These vehicles are known as 'early adopters'.

Vehicles need to meet the Euro IV standard for PM. Vehicles registered as new on or after 1 October 2006 are assumed to meet these standards.

Does my vehicle meet the standards?

The quickest way to check if your vehicle meets the standards is to enter your registration plate details into our vehicle checker or use our vehicle type tool.

Check if your vehicle is affected.

Your vehicle will meet the current emissions standards if:

  • It was first registered as new on or after 1 October 2006, or
  • You have received a Low Emission Certificate (LEC) or a Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) for fitting an approved full filter or converting to an approved gas engine

You will then be free to drive within the LEZ without taking any action.

Your vehicle will not meet the current emissions standards if:

  • It was first registered as new any time before 1 October 2006, or
  • You currently hold a LEC or an RPC but you have only fitted a partial filter, or
  • You have received a LEC or an RPC for an Eligible Engine (these no longer meet the LEZ standards), or
  • You have received an RPC which has box 'M' ticked (this can be found under the 'Particulate trap fitted or modification type used' section of the certificate)

If any of these are true, then you'll need to take action if you want to drive within the LEZ without paying the daily charge.

Find out more about vehicles with LECs and RPCs.

The Mayor announced on 13 February 2013 that the next phase of the LEZ will only apply to TfL-operated buses in 2015. Operators of diesel lorries and coaches do not need to take any action.

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