Vans that will be banned from London
There are over 3 million vans on the UK's roads today (well, not actually today... you know what I mean!).
So when new legislation comes in that affects van drivers, it has a huge impact on a lot of people AND their businesses.
CHANGES TO THE LONDON EMISSION ZONE
As of January 3, 2012, any van over 1.205 tonnes (unladen) that wants to travel within the London Low Emission Zone (loosely defined as
most of area within the M25) will need to be compliant with the 'Euro 4' emission standards... or pay a whopping £100 daily toll!
This includes many British favourites such as the Ford Transit and similar sized vans.
What these 'standards' actually are, is fairly unimportant - and boring - but it means that anyone with a large-ish commercial vehicle registered before 1 October 2001
may no longer be able to use it in the London area.
1) Have it upgraded to Euro 4 standards, at a cost of £2,000-£3,000. Sometimes this is more than the vehicle is worth, so for many it is not a
2) Change it for a newer 'compliant' model.
BUT THESE NEWSLETTERS ARE ABOUT
Absolutely! And many of our readers are van drivers (and plenty of our clients run fleets), so here's some great advice:
Starting now, as each day passes, non-Euro 4 vans will fall in value and Euro 4 and newer vans will rise in value. The closer we get to the cut-off date,
the worse it will get.
So... swap your van NOW! Don't wait. Don't delay.
THIS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE 'PALMDALE MOTORS CAMPAIGN FOR SMALL BUSINESS NOT GETTING SCREWED OVER BY THE GOVERNMENT'. NORMAL
CAR-BUYING ADVICE WILL RETURN IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER
Goodbye to all my adoring vans
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
"One of our staff needs a new company car and wants something chunky, reliable and good value."
How much it should have cost:
Glass's Guide = £22,509
We bought it for = £18,200!
WHY I LOVE THE...
The Euro Look style is very simple. Take a car, smooth off all unnecessary parts
(aerials, side indicators, badges, etc.), fit a set of large wheels and lower the suspension as far as is
humanly possible. This 1974 Audi 80 is one of my all-time favourite examples - it looks so 'just right'!