HPI has created a tool to help drivers check the emissions rating of their vehicle

HPI, part of Solera Holdings, is urging drivers, businesses and service operators of vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes and above to check to see how incoming Low Emission Zone (LEZ) changes will impact them.

From October 2020, changes to the existing LEZ will mean that 4×4 pick-ups and caravans will join HGVs, coaches and buses as part of a range of larger vehicles that will need to meet new stringent emissions criteria to enter and operate within the M25.

HPI is helping drivers of 4x4s, pick-up trucks, motorised horseboxes and motor caravans prepare themselves from being unwittingly penalised for driving a vehicle within or exceeding designated weight restriction levels.

HPI’s free online tool allows users to check the Euro emissions rating of their cars and LCVs up to and including Euro 6 standard, and helps them understand how they are impacted by driving in London’s ULEZ. The tool can help motorists identify which vehicles will need to meet Euro 6 standards or be liable to pay a daily charge to drive within the Greater London area.

In the past five months alone HPI has already helped over 53,000 drivers and can support many more around the UK who will be affected by the rollout of clean air zones across British cities.

Fernando Garcia, consumer director at HPI said: “In addition to the existing LEZ emissions standards operating across most of Greater London, a phased implementation of tougher emissions standards will affect different vehicle types and different geographical areas within London. Now is the time to check and take the necessary steps to avoid incurring penalties later in the year as there is margin for drivers of certain vehicles to be caught out especially with different vehicle weights.

“Over the next 12-18 months drivers will face lots of changes as a result of the implementation of Government clean air strategies. Our online check is completely free and allows motorists to check the emissions standard of their vehicle upto and including Euro 6 and potentially avoid a fine.”

For more information: www.hpi.co.uk/content/newsroom/the-future-of-diesel/euro-emission-standards-explained/