FTA question timescale for Ultra-Low Emission Zone
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 17:10
FTA want action before 2020
“Why wait until 2020 to reap the benefits of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone?”
This is the question being asked by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to Transport for London (TfL) in response to today’s publication of the consultation on the scheme.
Central London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is due to come into effect in 2020 but with businesses already operating some Euro VI HGVs today, despite the costs involved, it is entirely plausible that with the right incentives the TfL could ensure that those vehicles are used sooner in central London. This would expediate action on an area which faces some of the most difficult air quality challenges in Europe.
The FTA believes that TfL should offer a discount on the central London Congestion Charge for Euro VI HGVs until the ULEZ comes into force. With the scrapping of the Alternative Fuel Discount in 2010, the only discounts available on the Congestion Charge are for cleaner cars – there are no incentives to encourage investment in cleaner commercial vehicles.
Commenting on the TfL consultation Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of Urban Logistics and Regional Policy said: “Offering a discount for Euro VI commercial vehicle could help ensure that fleets speed up the purchase of newer vehicles and move these cleanest vehicles to the capital today, giving those living and working in central London many of the benefits of the ULEZ right now.”
Mr Snelling concluded: “Public authorities sometimes seem to only wish to pursue their aims via increased regulation and cost for business. FTA believes that there should be a more balanced approached, with positive measures to support industry in improving quality of life, also used.”