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Ashwoods trade-in helps SMEs meet London LEZ

A new initiative is underway to help van and minibus drivers get compliant for the next phase of the London Low Emission Zone – and save money on fuel.

From 3 January 2012, vans and minibuses entering the London LEZ must comply with Euro 3 standard for exhaust emissions; meaning vehicles over 10 years old that enter the zone face fines of up to £100 per day. According to Transport for London, more than 70,000 vans and minibuses will be affected.

Ashwoods Automotive has worked with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to offer owner-drivers the chance to trade in their non-compliant vehicles for a brand new Ford Transit fitted with Ashwoods’ EcoDrive technology.

The Mayor has negotiated a discount for Londoners, with prices starting at £11,995, plus £500 cash back for their non-compliant vehicle.

Mark Roberts, managing director of Ashwoods Automotive, said: “Almost all of the 72,000 vans and minibuses impacted by this change belong to small businesses.

“With prices starting from less than £12,000, Ashwoods Transit EcoDrive offers them an easy and cost-effective way to be LEZ-compliant, while also making fuel savings from the moment they drive off in a new vehicle. And because we can take care of all other requirements like racking and vehicle outfitting, the owner suffers minimal disruption to their business.”

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