Low Emission Zone

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1203
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How can you detect and fine a foreign, unregistered lorry under the Low Emission Zone? Can you compel foreign registered transgressors to pay the fine?

Answer

Answer for Low Emission Zone

Answer for Low Emission Zone

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In order to comply with the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), non-GB registered vehicles for which registration data is not available from the country of origin will be required to register with TfL in advance of driving within the LEZ. TfL has arrangements in place with an experienced Europe-wide debt recovery agency for the service of Penalty Charge Notices, to try to recover penalties incurred by non-UK registered vehicles where access to the relevant vehicle keeper data is available. However, TfL currently has no legal powers available to it abroad to enforce unpaid penalties incurred by operators based outside the UK if penalties remain unpaid. TfL, together with London Councils, has been lobbying the Government and EU institutions to improve enforcement of non-criminal traffic offences by non-UK residents. TfL is encouraging cross-Government action to create a plan to fill the gap between the civil and criminal jurisdictions into which civil traffic enforcement falls. Non-UK registered persistent evaders may also be subject to immobilisation and removal.