LONDON, February 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) was finally enforced last month across much of Central London and it is now expected that, at some point in the near future, the LEZ will extend to other parts of the UK and Europe. The LEZ was introduced in 2008, however it was never really policed until last month when emissions standards become more stringent.
That is why VanQuoteDirect, a leading provider of van insurance quotes, is notifying all commercial vehicle drivers of the regulations of the LEZ and what it could mean if regulations are breached. The Zone operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is enforced by strategically placed cameras.
VanQuoteDirect is part of Bedford Insurance Services and Joe de Vries, of Bedford Insurance, has been commenting on the LEZ: "The LEZ will undoubtedly have caused a lot of disruption for many commercial vehicle owners. They may have undergone engine conversions or perhaps will have bought entirely new vans in preparation for the LEZ coming into force in Central London. It is now important that commercial vehicle owners in other parts of the country properly prepare for the upcoming LEZ in their areas too."
If a vehicle does not comply with the LEZ regulations, owners could face fines of £200. Furthermore, the cost of having a vehicle converted is a rather hefty one, as is buying a new vehicle altogether.
The cost to convert a vehicle could be as high as £3,500 due to the fact that the process is rather lengthy; furthermore, it can take up to three weeks to have your vehicle fully converted and re-registered.
VanQuoteDirect recommends that you should check the regulations in order to see whether your vehicle complies or not, and if it doesn't then it may be time to consider the different options available to you.
Joe de Vries