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Now Vauxhall is helping van drivers in the Greater London area stay ahead of proposed congestion charge changes as the retailer announces its entire range of vans now complies with Euro-6 regulation.
With changes to the congestion charge set to take effect in 2020, the proposed ultra-low emission zone in London could see drivers of non-compliant vehicles subjected to a £12.50 daily charge, in addition to the usual congestion charges. Drivers of Euro-5 vans will be impacted by these changes and those travelling into Central London on a daily basis will see their charges increase by £3,250 per year.
The Euro-6 ready Vauxhall vans available from Now Vauxhall will also lead to other financial benefits for motorists as the vans offer improved fuel efficiency. Motorists could benefit from a 10% to 15% improvement meaning drivers spend less at the pumps. What’s more, by emitting fewer pollutants, Euro-6 ready vans offer an improved carbon footprint, which will lead to a reduction in the cost of road tax.
Jason Smith, Sales Director of Now Vauxhall, comments: “Here at Now Vauxhall we are always looking to advise and support our customers in every way we can, that is why we are encouraging all motorists to seriously consider how the Euro-6 regulations will affect them. Given the proximity of our retailers to London, we could anticipate many of our customers needing to access the central zones for work or pleasure and will consequently be impacted by the proposed charges.
“We would encourage van drivers to pop in and see us to ensure their vehicles meet the Euro-6 requirements, as now is a great opportunity to see our brilliant range of Vauxhall vans and potentially save yourself a great deal of money over the coming years.”
London Ultra Low Emission Zone
In September 2020, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will launch in central London Find out more
The subject of air quality and the pollution caused by motor vehicles is seldom out of the headlines at the moment, but it’s actually
more than 20 years since European emission standards were launched and specifically the maximum limits allowed for emissions of new vehicles.
The legislation looks to make vehicles cleaner by defining successively tighter limits for levels of harmful vehicle emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (THC and NMHC) and particulate matter (PM).
However, for businesses operating cars and vans, it’s arguably the latest stage – the Euro 6 emissions standard – that is having the most impact due to its stringent limits on NOx emissions. The standard has been mandatory since September 2015 for new cars and
some light vans of less than 1,305 kg, and came into effect in September 2016 on all new vans up to 3,500kg gross vehicle weight.
Vauxhall have taken a number of different actions to reduce vehicle NOx emissions to meet the new limits. However, a number of diesel cars and vans are now based on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which converts NOx emissions to nitrogen gas and water.
A key part of this process is the use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) – also known as AdBlue – which is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down dangerous NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water.
The solution is stored in a separate tank, typically with a blue filler cap, and will need to be replenished periodically, although the exact intervals between refills will depend both on the vehicle itself and how it’s driven.
Advantages of running Euro 6 compliant vehicles include obviously the environmental benefits as well as typical knock-on effects of cleaner engine technology such as improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. It’s also worth noting the forthcoming
introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London, which will levy a charge on diesel cars and vans that don’t conform to the Euro 6 standard.
Important ramification of using AdBlue for businesses to consider.
If drivers don’t notice the warning light signalling a top-up is needed – then the vehicle won’t start if the AdBlue runs out.
Its always best to have your local dealer refill as the AdBlue tank can prove tricky to locate and the solution can cause irritation of the eyes and skin as well as damaging surfaces.
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