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Legal requirements of horsebox owners and operators

There are certain legal requirements in relation to operating horseboxes. Due to the complexity of the rules the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have published a guide for horsebox and trailer owners to help introduce more clarity and help avoid non-compliance.

The VOSA guide is available here:

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Please note that it is intended only to offer general help and isn’t a legal document.

London Low Emission Zone

If you take a horsebox or other transportation vehicle into the London area you’ll need to comply with the legislation of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ). This came into force in 2008 with the aim to improve air quality in London by reducing pollution from traffic coming into the capital.

Certain vehicles either have to meet emissions standards or pay a daily charge, which is currently £200 for lorries, large vans and buses. There are penalties if you fail to do this. However, holding a Reduced Pollution Certificate or Low Emissions Certificate means you won’t have to pay the daily charge.

So if you’re planning to take a horsebox or lorry into the London LEZ it’s best to check the Transport for London site (opens in new window).

You’ll find all the information you need on which vehicles are affected, and information on how to get a certificate of compliance. The site also includes updates on daily charges for taking vehicles into London, and there’s a handy registration checker to see if your vehicle meets LEZ emission standards.