Cheshire-based Dinex Exhausts says it expects to sell more than 20,000 exhaust products to help operators meet Transport for London's (TfL) enhanced emission regulations prior to the 3 January 2012 deadline.
After this deadline, any commercial vehicle with a GVW of 3.5 tonnes or greater must meet at least Euro-4 emissions standards to enter London's Low Emission Zone (LLEZ).
A TfL spokesperson says the change will mean approximately 75,000 current vehicles will become 'non-compliant' after the deadline.
However, operators running HGVs with Euro-3 engines, who will incur a substantial fine after 3 January, can retrofit particulate traps to meet the minimum standard.
Rogier van der Ouderaa, general manager of Dinex Exhausts (which sells particulate traps), is running a marketing campaign to coincide with TfL's countdown to the deadline. He says the company wants to make sure that operators do something with vehicles that become non-compliant sooner rather than later.
"This year, 2011, is the year to sell them [retrofit exhausts]. We expect to sell 20,000 to 25,000 this year. Come December we could see a real rush, hopefully it (the TfL campaign) will even out the rush," he says.
Anyone driving into London with non-compliant vans must pay a £100 daily charge or risk a £500 penalty, while owners of HGVs have to pay a £200 daily charge or risk a £1,000 penalty.
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