SME operators will go out of business unless the government reforms its clean air zone (CAZ) policy and introduces ‘intelligent phasing’, the RHA has warned. Responding to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for road haulage’s inquiry into CAZ, the trade association said the current approach was expensive, inflexible and ineffective. Chief executive Richard Burnett said CAZs had wiped as much as £1.2bn off the value of the Euro-5 fleet and that it was “a grievous body blow for hauliers”. […]
A targeted vehicle renewal scheme to help small businesses replace older lorries is being called for by city mayors across England and Wales.
The FTA has urged TfL to create immediate incentives for greener freight vehicles, such as a reduced Congestion Charge, if it wants to accelerate its vision of London becoming the ultra-low-emission vehicle capital of Europe.
More of the £500m being set aside for encouraging the take-up of ultra low emission vehicles should be allocated to freight vehicles, the FTA has suggested.