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Buses affected by emission zone


More types of vehicles are being affected by London's Low Emission Zone.

From Monday, lorries over 3.5 tonnes, buses and coaches will have to meet the emissions standards or face a 200 daily charge or a 1,000 fine.

The LEZ was launched on 4 February to improve the capital's air quality and initially targeted all lorries over 12 tonnes.

The LEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year and covers most of Greater London.

The LEZ zone will be monitored using Automatic Number Plate Reading Cameras (ANPR).

Vehicles entering or driving around the zone will be checked against the records of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to see whether work to comply with the zone standards has been carried out.

In April, it was revealed more than 500,000 in fines had been issued to lorry drivers entering the LEZ.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Londoners and visitors to our great city deserve to breathe air of the highest possible quality - not splutter on a smog of poisonous fumes belching from the exhausts of buses and lorries.

"The majority of lorries that were affected by phase one of the LEZ have cleaned up their act and meet the necessary standard.

"And I hope that many of the operators affected by phase two will already have followed their example."

Map showing London's Low Emission Zone

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