British Gas ordered 2,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from Vauxhall this week amid plans to never again buy another combustion engine vehicle. This latest order represents the largest electric vehicle (EV) order for a commercial fleet in the UK, and adds to 1,000 purchased by British Gas last summer. All 3,000 electric vehicles will be on the road by 2022 with the company prioritising high pollution areas – although engineers can volunteer to have the new vans during the rollout. […]
The government has clarified its response to a petition demanding councils and major developers take into account HGV welfare facilities when deciding applications, acknowledging that professional drivers have been let down.
Almost 80 stowaways were discovered inside two lorries in separate incidents last week, just days after scores were found hiding in four lorries in Harwich.
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.