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Introduction

Greater London has five different schemes in place:
The Congestion Charging Scheme (CS) (since February 2003), a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) (since 4th of February 2008), the London Lorry Control scheme (since 1985), the London Coaches scheme and the London Safer Lorry Scheme (since 1 September 2015).


A new, additional cost: the
Emissions Surcharge will be active from 23. October 2017 in the Congestion Charge area.

 


The London Lorry Control Scheme is often mistakenly referred to as the Lorry Ban. Restrictions are in place on the use of heavy goods vehicles to help minimise noise pollution in residential areas during unsocial hours through restricted use of these roads. The Lorry Control Scheme takes the form of controls on the movement of any heavy goods vehicles over 18 tonnes maximum gross weight at night and weekends within the red boundary on the site map.



Dates and details
Journeys off the highlighted route network (ERN= Excluded Route Network) within the restricted area and within the restriction times above must comply with the permission conditions. Routes can be submitted within the application to
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
T: 020 7934 9915
F: 020 7934 9591
If part of a journey needs to be made on restricted roads then use of these roads must be kept to a minimum. In general, this will mean travelling to the closest point on the ERN then using the shortest direct route to the destination. Similarly, if the starting point of a route is on a restricted road then the shortest route must be taken from there to the ERN. This is a requirement of the scheme even if it means that the total journey length will be longer.
The penalty charge is currently £550 for hauliers and £130 for drivers. These charges are reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
To make things easier you can get the London Lorry Route Approver which is a quick, convenient and affordable way to plan and get London Lorry Control compliant permits and routes approved online automatically.
Click here for more details or call +44 (0) 844 847 0875 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vehicles affected
Lorries >18 tonnes maximum gross weight.

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Lorry Control scheme

Scheme Boundary
London lorry control map
Key:
Yellow shaded area: London-wide night-time and weekend Lorry Controls area (all roads outside this area have NO night-time and weekend controls)
Roads with no night-time controls:
Blue double line: motorway with junction number
Dark green line: primary road
Thinner dark green line: ‘A’ road
Very thin dark green line: ‘B’/ other road
Roads with night-time and weekend controls:
Light green line: primary road
Thinner dark light line: ‘A’ road
Very thin light green line: ‘B’/ other road

An interactive map of the London Lorry Control Scheme area is available on the PIE website
key:


Road Sign
Road sign London Lorry Control
No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown except for loading

Need to Register?
Registration is required and it is free.
Registration can be completed online from either of these two websites (in English):
Hauliers
Londonlorryrouteapprover

Or write to:
London Lorry Control Scheme
PO Box 64528
London SE1P 5LU
UK

Are foreign vehicles affected?
Yes, are affected.

Hours of operation
Monday-Friday: 21:00-07:00
Saturday: 13:00-07:00 Monday
Sunday: All day
Bank holidays: Treat as normal weekday

Enforcement
Manual with special enforcement officers monitoring vehicles from the roadside.

Penalty
Both the vehicle owner and the driver could receive a penalty charge notice if a vehicle uses restricted roads without valid permission, or if the use of restricted routes is not kept to a minimum during restricted times.
The penalty charge is currently £550 for hauliers and £130 for drivers. These charges are reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.

Exemptions
A special agreement can be made if there are good reasons for using a different route. An application would have to show that the proposed route is environmentally better than the LLCS route. Good reason is required for this, and currently there are 5 companies that have received exemptions

Local name for the scheme
London Lorry Control Scheme. It is also known as London Lorry ban, or London night time lorry ban – however, it is not a ban, so these second two names are misleading.

Further Information
London Councils
TFL
Traffic order

City website
London city website
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