European LEZ update

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The CPT has been advised of some important updates to LEZ operations in the following countries and cities which may affect coach operations.

In Italy, Aosta’s winter LEZ re-started in November. Trentino Province has several winter LEZs which re-started November; Levico Terme, Rovereto, Trento, Lavis, Pergine Valsugana and Borgo Valsugana. Ala and Mezzocorona are no longer LEZs.

In Veneto Province, Rovigo’s winter LEZ was re-started in November and tightened to Euro 3 for diesels. Verona’s all year round LEZ has tightened to Euro 2. Rome’s LEZ has also tightened for coaches (Euro 3 for ZTL2 area).

In Germany, all changes take effect from January 1, 2012. Hagen’s LEZ will come into effect. Most of Baden-Württemburg LEZs are also tightening to Euro 3(PM). These are Freiburg, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Mühlacker, Pfinztal, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Tübingen and Ulm (Stuttgart is already Euro 3, Markgröningen going yellow a year later). Frankfurt is tightening to Euro 4(PM) while Neu-Ulm is tightening to Euro 3(PM). The Ruhr LEZs will expand their area to a single area of 82000 hectares. The current Ruhr LEZs are Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mühlheim, Oberhausen, and Recklinghausen. From January 1, 2012, it will also include Castrop-Rauxel, Gladbeck, Herne and Herten. Osnabrück is tightening to Euro 4(PM) from January 3, 2012.

Lisbon will become Portugal’s first LEZ, while Budapest in Hungary now has an emissionsrelated charging system.

London’s LEZ will affect vans Euro 3(PM) and the standard for lorries and coaches will tighten to Euro 4(PM) from the new year.