Challenging London Low Emission Zone Penalties

At Rothera Sharp we act for European transport companies seeking to appeal London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) penalty charge notices.

In most cases our transport lawyers are very successful in achieving the reduction or complete cancellation of penalties of this kind. Our clients include transport operators from across the European Union and beyond.

Level of Penalties

London Low Emission Zone PCNs are very severe and can have a devastating impact on your business:

  • Currently £1,000 per day for trucks and goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
  • From 26th October 2020 this will increase to £2,000 per day for Euro IV trucks and goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes

In many cases a transport company will receive penalties many months after the event and covering a number of separate incidents. This can add up to tens of thousands of pounds.

If penalties remain unpaid they will be registered as a debt by Euro Parking Collection (EPC) and pursued.

Reasons to receive an LEZ or ULEZ penalty charge notice

European transport companies must register their vehicles in advance with Transport for London before they enter the LEZ or ULEZ zone. If this is not done a penalty will be issued even if the vehicle meets the necessary emissions criteria.

You can also face a penalty if your vehicle is registered but does not meet the emissions criteria.

How we can help

Our UK transport lawyers can help you challenge the penalties you have received and advise you on what you can do to avoid future penalties.

We can also help with other similar matters including:

  • Dartford crossing penalties (Dart Charge)
  • HGV road user penalties
  • Vehicle immobilisation for non-payment of fines
  • Appealing civil penalties for carrying clandestine entrants (concealed migrants)

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