Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at the AA has commented on the plans to extend the ultra low emission scheme in London.
“The mayor’s plans to extend the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) to most of London from 2021 is a radical step, which some businesses may struggle to budget for in terms of increased costs. Currently, there is too much stick and not enough carrot in the mayor’s plans to increase emissions standards for vehicles operating in the capital.
“Roadside emissions testing shows that the worst 10% of gross polluters cause 50% of the problem, which tend to be older buses, trucks, taxis and poorly serviced cars. We believe getting these vehicles off the road first via a scrappage scheme will help to soften the deal for smaller businesses, which will find it hardest to pay the extended fees in the future. We urge the mayor to consider such an introduction as a priority going forward.”
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