I thought I'd give you a quick update on my van situation, due to London's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) coming into action from 3rd January 2012. Well, I finally did it - I bought myself a new van to comply with the regulations. It's a second hand Citroen Dispatch in a go-faster white shade. It has a good height so I can stand up inside, and it's ideal to hold all of my decorating equipment. What's more, it has lower emissions than my previous one, meaning it's compliant.
Since my last blog about the LEZ, I was unsure what to do. However, after weighing up all my options, I decided to invest in a van that would comply with the forthcoming regulations because the majority of my work comes from the London area - where the new vehicle emission restrictions will come into force.
It's taken me a couple of months of searching to find the perfect van for my needs and that was also within my budget. The price of a new vehicle is terribly expensive, so unless you have lots of cash then most people, like me, need a good second hand deal. When I decided to buy the Citroen, the lads at the garage told me that they are finding it hard to find good quality, second hand, stock. There has been a rise in the demand for vehicles that will meet the terms of the LEZ rules and as a result some garages are finding it difficult to obtain quality used transport to fulfil the demand.
So my advice is to not leave it too late if you need to purchase a new vehicle before January. If you want a specific van for your requirements then you should start looking now or it may end up costing you more money than you first thought.
Have you recently purchased a compliant vehicle or are you looking to get one? I would like to hear from you.