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Air polluters kept away from most of Surbiton.

The new London Emissions Zone comes into effect today, but those West of Brighton Road and Hook Road will have to hold their breath as they're not included in the new scheme.

The £49m scheme uses cameras to check all lorries over 12-tonnes entering the zone against a database of vehicles certified as meeting EU exhaust limits.

The most heavily polluting lorries are facing charges of £200 per day to enter. Firms whose vehicles are not on the database will be told to pay up.

The rules, aimed at improving London's air quality, will be extended to cover buses and coaches in July.


Great news that this is being extended to buses & coaches. This is a bigger problem for Surbiton than lorries. Most of the lorries that come through Victoria Road and the centre of Surbiton are there to serve the stores, and I can't imagine companies like Waitrose and McDonalds having too many vehicles that will fall foul of this legislation.

Buses & coaches are a different matter - hopefully this will catch the old G reg coaches that sit outside the schools in the morning with their engines running for half an hour.

It is a shame that Brighton Road is not included in the scheme.

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