Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced a £19m funding pot for the freight industry to help reduce vehicle emissions.

The DfT said the money will help fleets of commercial vehicles access the very latest in low and zero-emission vehicle technologies.

Part of the funding will also go towards establishing alternative fuel infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging points.

No further details have yet been released on bid criteria, however the DfT has confirmed that funding will be available to operators of any size. The funding competition will open in July.

Jones said: “We are always looking at new ways to make the vehicles on our roads cleaner, and this funding will support the freight industry to embrace the latest technology.”

“Today’s announcement is further proof that the government is leading the way as global demand for these vehicles grows,” he added.

The scheme will be funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Speaking at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership annual conference in London today, Jones also announced a low carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme has been developed for the road freight sector.