I recently called a couple of people from VSOC C13, where I was a member for many years (I got my 5 year badge and almost made it to 10 years). I spoke to current club captain John Knott who was a member when I was around (lovely bloke), Malcolm Bland (Secretary of the VSOC) and also Debbie, the Editor of Clatter. None of them had any ideas as to how to get an emissions Certificate of Conformity, other than from Yamaha themselves, (or the maker of the bike concerned) and we all know that as a rule, they’re really not interested in giving us a this info – it’s just too much trouble for them. I had to find an alternative.
After a few searches on the internet and asking the same question online, but in a few different ways, I found the answer. It would appear that most motorcycles can be set up to comply with Tfl standards, but specialist equipment is needed and there is in fact, only ONE place in London which has the ability to do this. They are certified by Tfl and once your bike passes, they load up the results to the Tfl database and the following day, your bike is exempt from paying this fee; and once again you can ride freely without worrying about paying to ride. As a result of taking my bike in on 30th June, from the following day I was able to ride my bike anywhere without paying ULEZ. I even did the online check where you put in your registration to see if your are exempt or not and there it was – “No fee to pay”. Fantastic!
The fee for the test, which takes 30 mins, is quite expensive at £175. However, that equates to just 14 daily ULEZ payments. I think you’ll agree that for most riders, it’s well worth it and I’m sure it also adds value to your bike, should you wish to sell at some point.
Note: Apparently, the oldest bike to pass the test so far, is a 34-year-old Yamaha RD350, so it would appear most bikes can comply, even it it means a little adjustment to the mixture.
If you’d like to get your bike certified, and avoid paying the daily ULEZ fee – or worse still, selling your beloved bike – these are the contact details:
National Emissions Test Centre
455 Dye House Lane
London E3 2TB
Tel: 0208 983 4896
A bloke called John usually answers the phone – he should sort it out for you. I hope this helps all who are in the predicament I was in.
There is also a place in Stevenage which does the same thing. They are:
ULEZ Testing UK Ltd.
Bowmans Trading Estate
Stevenage SG1 2DL
Good luck with it and ride safe!