A quarter of businesses unprepared for ULEZ introduction


Following the launch of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) on 8th April, new research from Europcar Mobility Group UK has revealed that a quarter of businesses that use vans are unprepared. And more than 1 in 10 (12%) of the businesses that were surveyed either weren’t sure what the requirements of the ULEZ will be or had never even heard of it.
The ULEZ has been introduced in central London in a bid to improve air quality. Petrol vans travelling within the zone must meet Euro 4 specification and diesel vans must be Euro 6 compliant. Under new regulations non-compliant vehicles will be charged £12.50 a day – in addition to the usual congestion charge.
According to the Europcar Mobility Group UK research, more than a third (34%) of London-based businesses said that these regulations will be the single biggest transport issue that affects their business in 2019. Despite this, at the beginning of February only 36% said that they fully understood the impact in terms of vehicle emissions.
For businesses travelling through the ULEZ every day, driving non-compliant vehicles could add up to over £4,500 a year, per van. 
For more than half (51%) of businesses based in Greater London, one of the key transport issues they had was vehicle condition with 92% of those businesses admitting that they had vans on fleet that were more than 3 years old. Diesel vans that are older than this may not meet Euro 6 specifications and will therefore not comply with ULEZ regulations.
However, the impact of the ULEZ extends beyond just businesses based in Greater London. More than a quarter of businesses spread across the UK said that between 11% and 50% of their fleet travel into London on a regular basis, with 36% of businesses from as far as the East Midlands travelling into London at least once a week.
Stuart Russell, director of commercial vehicles, Europcar Mobility Group UK, commented:  “The regulatory changes that the ULEZ brings are going to have a significant impact for businesses around the UK, not just those that are based in London. Many businesses trade within this zone and could be liable to this daily charge.”
We have a range of ULEZ Compliant Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles ready for delivery this month. Please contact Rossetts for more information.