London, UK (PRWEB) February 13, 2009
Europe's premier touring organisation, The Caravan Club, is delighted that phase three of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will now be subject to public consultation, and is likely to be scrapped. Planned to take effect from October 2010, this phase of the legislation would have affected smaller vehicles, including motor caravans between 2.5 and 3.5t Gross Vehicle Weight.
While The Caravan Club has always supported Transport for London's efforts to improve air quality in Greater London, it believes that the inclusion of certain motor caravans in the vehicle types to be penalised is fundamentally unfair. It has lobbied intensively alongside industry colleagues and individual Club members, and has continued to make representation at the highest levels, including the Mayor's Office and Transport for London, ever since the initial consultations began in early 2007.
However, The Club understands that the Mayor remains committed to the existing phases of the scheme which continue to penalise pre-2001, motor caravans over 3.5t. We have stressed that these vehicles are for leisure, not commercial, use and their relatively low mileage within the LEZ means that they are not significant contributors to air quality deterioration. Indeed motor caravanners currently driving inside the Zone to stay at one of The Club's London Sites, then often travel into and around the city using the excellent nearby public transport links.
"We warmly welcome this review of the LEZ Scheme Order, and hope that common sense prevails," commented Nick Lomas, Director of Marketing, The Caravan Club. "At a time of opportunity for the UK's tourism economy and when we are keen to welcome visitors from across the UK and continental Europe to our capital city, it makes no sense to have these barriers in place."
The Club is hopeful that the process set in train by this review may also reconsider the subsequent phase of the LEZ legislation. Under the current plans pre-2006 motor caravans will become non-compliant in July 2012 - just weeks before the London 2012 Olympics.