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There are plans to introduce a Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London and I'm in the process of buying a E39 530i. 

 

I'm quite skeptical of using some online tools in which you enter a reg and it tells you which Euro Emission Standard it meets, but looking at the official ULEZ website (https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez) most 530i are not subject to the surcharge. However they have a disclaimer saying information may not be accurate.

 

Does anyone know for sure what Euro Emission Standard a 530i meets?

Can anyone who has a 530i check the V5C document under section 'V' to see what the CO/THC/NOX numbers are so I can compare it to the actual standards here:https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/euro-emissions-standards/

 

Thanks

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Pulled this from the gov website, link here.

 

Even though it states it's Euro Standard 3 it seems it still meets the Euro Standard 6 specification based on the numbers.

 

From Gov website about 2003 530i:

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Euro 6 Standard (these are maximum values):

  • CO – 1.0 g/km
  • HC – 0.10 g/km
  • NOx – 0.06 g/km
  • PM – 0.005 g/km (direct injection only)
  • PM – 6.0x10 ^11/km (direct injection only)
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I plugged my reg number into the online checker, and my car is exempt. I also plugged in the reg number of an 2000 E39 that was for sale here, and it was exempt as well. Euro 3 was the standard in force at the time our cars were made, but it seems that they meet today's Euro 6 standard as well, although I think for petrol cars all that is required for exemption is to meet Euro 4 stats.

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2 minutes ago, Tuvoc said:

I plugged my reg number into the online checker, and my car is exempt. I also plugged in the reg number of an 2000 E39 that was for sale here, and it was exempt as well. Euro 3 was the standard in force at the time our cars were made, but it seems that they meet today's Euro 6 standard as well, although I think for petrol cars all that is required for exemption is to meet Euro 4 stats.

 

Yep most 530i's I've inputted have been exempt, however a few haven't. E.G 530i SE with reg X151DNA.

 

Good to know the 530i's meet the Euro 6 standard, just in case the rules become MORE stringent!

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1 hour ago, GBS said:

 

Yep most 530i's I've inputted have been exempt, however a few haven't. E.G 530i SE with reg X151DNA.

 

Good to know the 530i's meet the Euro 6 standard, just in case the rules become MORE stringent!

 

Odd that some meet it and others don't. 

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Hi,

 

I've a feeling that as these and other cars are older, then when doing an MOT test, the amount of measured output of harmful emissions will be tested and that figure used to calculate/check where on the scale for inclusion or exclusion from the ULEZ the car will be. Keep the car fantastically well maintained, and there's an increased chance it'll be exempt, don't maintain it and it chucks out more emissions, then expect to be included in the ULEZ zone and be subject to the charge IF you decide to ever drive in. 

 

That all said, then yes, the government will probably just make the criteria for being excluded from the ULEZ harder !

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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There's no way individual car's test results will be used to determine exemption (or not) - the computer systems behind the scenes will check whatever record DVLA hold for the vehicle

 

It's a difficult one as obviously the standards and tests for E39s are 15 years behind the latest regs - I can see all sorts of anomalies as DVLA data isn't as accurate as you'd think in many cases

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