TfL has launched LoCity, a programme to help the freight sector make better use of low-emission vans and lorries.

The five-year scheme aims to increase availability and uptake of cleaner goods vehicles and will bring together freight and fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and the public sector.

It will create environmental standards and contractual clauses for procurement bodies to adopt easily.

LoCity aims to demonstrate, through research and real-world trials, that using these cleaner vehicles will not negatively impact operations.

Mike Brown, London’s transport commissioner, said: “We’re working with vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and the industry to make these vehicles a realistic choice. We can improve London’s air quality by supporting the freight sector – which is essential for our city.”