Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Haulage Companies Face Up To London Truck Emission Regulations Say Freight Group

FTA Survey Shows Hauliers Will Avoid LEZ Where Possible
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UK – As part of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) quarterly survey it was revealed by respondents that haulage companies who have fleets of lorries and vans operating from centres outside the capital are likely to redistribute vehicles countrywide rather than update or replace them to comply with London’s new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) requirements which come into force shortly.

The scheme legislates that from the 3rd January 2012 new regulations will require that all pre-Euro 4 trucks and buses meet the Euro 4 emissions standard for particulate matter if they want to enter the LEZ without facing a £200 daily charge. In addition, vans must meet the Euro 3 emissions standard for particulate matter or face a daily charge. Full details of the changes can be seen HERE where a simple registration check will reveal if a particular vehicle is affected.

The FTA survey also concluded that many hauliers who need to trade within the LEZ are more likely to replace their non-compliant vehicles than retrofit them and that van owners are better prepared than those who run heavier commercial vehicles. Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of Policy for London, said:

“More operators are looking to replace their fleet and looking past retrofitting as the solution because their fleets are coming to the end of their lifespan. Due to the financial constraints of recent years operators have chosen to stretch the lives of their existing fleets but the new LEZ requirements may have forced their hands into replacing their oldest and least compliant vehicles.

“While forty five per cent of respondents reported that not all their HGV fleets operating in London were fully compliant with the new standards, only 10 per cent said the same of their van fleets. As only vans over ten years old will be affected by the changes, on the whole the impact on FTA members, who represent half the UK van fleet, will be limited. However the move from Euro 3 to Euro 4 standards for lorries is far more painful, we can see from poor new truck sales that companies have already stretched their assets as far as possible.”

The survey indicated that around three-quarters of HGV operators with provincial bases felt it would be relatively straightforward to redistribute non-compliant HGV’s away from London, whilst around four out of five operators felt it would be possible to redistribute non-compliant vans away from London.

To assist members understand the full implications of the new scheme, which will require that all pre-Euro 4 trucks and buses meet the Euro 4 emissions standard for particulate matter if they want to enter the LEZ without facing a £200 daily charge with a separate charge for non compliant vans which fail the Euro 3 emissions standard for particulate matter, the FTA has produced an online guide which can be seen HERE.

 Low Emission Zone illustration courtesy of Transport for London (TfL)