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14.08.2015

LONDON - new regulations come into force on 1st September 2015

Across Greater London construction sites, all construction equipment (with engine power 37kW and 560kW) will have to at least meet the Stage 3A standards for NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. The new rules apply from 1st September 2015 to all types of ‘off-road’ construction equipment, including all types of compaction equipment in the power band noted.

 

 

The European Union Stage 3A regulations came into force progressively after 2006 and Stage 3B after 2011. There was leeway for manufacturers to have a proportion of their output to the former standard for a period and for dealers to clear old stock. Use of older machines remained, and still remains, legal; the onus is on manufacturers so that fleets gradually become cleaner as machines are renewed over the course of time.

 

The new London regulations mean that equipment more than 10 years old will need to be replaced on all construction sites in Central London and major developments in outer London with occasional exemptions for specialist construction machinery.

 

The new regulations have been introduced by the Mayor of London. A spokesperson said: “Whilst construction sites will be expected to comply with the standards from this date, for at least the remainder of this year there will be a focus on awareness-raising and education rather than enforcement, as was standard practice for the introduction of the low emission zone (LEZ) for road vehicles.”

 

There are plans for a campaign to spread the message about the new regulations. The Mayor’s office added: “There will be training sessions for boroughs, on-line resources and we are working with a wide range of industry experts, trade associations and membership organisations to spread the message. It is expected this activity will ramp up in August ahead of the September launch and carry on for the remainder of this year as part of the soft introduction of the scheme.”

 

The new rules are contained in new mandatory Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) published last year called the control of dust and emissions during construction and demolition.

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