As part of the Government’s strategy to improve air quality across the UK, discouraging the use of older, more polluting, vehicles is a key objective. The goal is to reduce the number of areas in the UK where air pollution breaches legal limits, and city by city, we are helping local, regional and transport authorities kick-start their ‘Clean Air Strategies’.
April 8th saw the introduction of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.
• £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes)
• £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)
The questions, now, are:
► Has YOUR business made the changes required to allow you to operate in the area?
► Are you unsure as to what your options are, in terms of compliant vehicle technology?
► Are you looking for financial help, and need more information?
If you require answers to any or all the above, then look no further… 16th May sees GREENFLEET arrive back in the Capital, and we’re delighted to be joined by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames as our Hosts. Capital GREENFLEET is being held at The Stoop, home to Harlequins RFC, and a stones’ throw from the iconic Twickenham Stadium, and we have lined up experts that can help you make the changes required to be ULEZ-compliant, and also do your bit to cleaning up London’s air.
Why Richmond? Situated close to Heathrow, the borough has issues to content with, that are pretty unique, and the council are working tirelessly to make the improvements required to clean up its air. The borough has been designated an 'Air Quality Management Area' (AQMA) for both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and PM10 (particles less than 10 microns) and as a result, are one of six south London boroughs that have committed to providing detailed information about local air quality and how small behavioural changes could improve the air that you breathe. Some of this work can be seen on the Love Clean Air website.
And further information can be found on the Council’s website, where they say “Public transport and active travel (e.g. walking and cycling) remain the Council’s top transport priorities. However, electric cars and vans are a clean and safe alternative to the internal combustion engine and are an increasingly common sight on our roads.”
“As a growing number of residents and businesses drive electric vehicles, they will play an increasing role in reducing emission levels in Richmond, while saving their users substantial amounts of money in running costs.”
They have also published an Electric Vehicle (EV) Recharging Strategy 2016-2026, where they say “We published our new Electric Vehicle Recharging Strategy in November 2016. The strategy outlines a numbers of ways in which we plan to increase charging facilities for EV usage in the borough over the next ten years. We consulted on a draft of the strategy and have summarised the consultation feedback.”
Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) have a significant role to play in London cleaning up its air. Richmond and their neighbouring authorities have a strategy, and this event will feature keynote presentations and group sessions that will enable YOU to find out more, and more importantly, the role that YOUR BUSINESS has to play.