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GreenFleet North East

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As part of the Government’s strategy to improve air quality across the UK, discouraging the use of older, more polluting, vehicles is key. 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’.

March 14th sees GREENFLEET arrive back in the North East. Hosted by Gateshead Council, GREENFLEET NORTH EAST is being held at The Marriott Newcastle-Gateshead, MetroCentre and is FREE to attend for fleet professionals looking to explore the very latest in ultra-low emission vehicle technology. 

The Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) informed Gateshead Council early in 2017 that it was to be named in its consultation due to be published in May 2017 on the Draft UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide. Gateshead has reacted by putting plans in place to combat air quality issues in the region, which at its most extreme, would include a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), where targeted action would be taken.

Gateshead Council were subsequently formally directed by the secretary of state in July 2017 when the final plan was published. The Direction requires the production of an initial plan that will set out the case for change and is the first stage in identifying, exploring, analysing and developing options for measures, which Gateshead Council will implement to deliver compliance in the shortest possible time.

The Council has given priority to taking steps to meet the requirements of the Secretary of State’s Direction, but that has not prevented other notable measures to improve air quality being completed or continuing to be worked upon. They include:

  • Cleaning Private Hire Vehicles and Hackney Carriages through changes to vehicle licensing policy. The study has commenced. It will include a best practice review and consultation with local drivers and operators. Gateshead Council’s current policy for hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licensing permits but Gateshead Council LAQM Annual Status Report 2018 xii does not encourage the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. It is recognised that it is necessary to amend the Council’s licence policies to actively encourage the use low emission and electric vehicles.

  • Car club & charging: This project has provided an additional four ULEV cars (2 Electric, 2 hybrids) around the town centre at two locations (Low Fell and Saltwell). Charging infrastructure and signage etc. has been upgraded/installed at these locations to meet requirements.

  • Fleet Upgrade: Four new Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) electric vans (Nissan eNV200) have been introduced into the Council’s fleet for specific use in AQMA to replace 4 diesel vans. They are used during the day by area supervisors and at night for care call home visits removing 36,000 diesel miles per year from the AQMA.  
  • Instigating Change: The council is looking to engage with local businesses, in the push to accelerate change across the region. Highlighting the very latest ULEV innovations, combined with expert advice on workplace charging and public infrastructure, is sees as the quickest route to making a significant impact on the air quality issues that the region faces… And GREENFLEET North East is designed to help them and YOU do just that!

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) have a significant role to play in the North East of England cleaning up its air. Gateshead 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.



The day begins with a series of keynote presentations from our Event Partners Gateshead Council, the North East Combined Authority, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) on the UK government’s Road to Zero strategy, and the latest on grants and schemes.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) EV Group will be there, offering an insight in to what innovative vehicle technology is on the market NOW, and what’s in the pipeline. And if you work for a public sector organisation, we have the very latest on the Frameworks, for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).


The seminar session is wrapped up with a Q&A, where YOU get the chance to air your thoughts, and interact with the Speakers themselves.


Share your thoughts and knowledge with experts in legislation, strategy, vehicle technology, charging solutions, leasing and financing and innovative technology. Our breakfast, refreshments breaks, and lunch are all designed to put YOU together, in a relaxed, but professional atmosphere, where you can talk to the people that can help you and your business move down a ‘road-2-zero’!


The late morning and afternoon elements of the event will be structured in private, 30-minute sessions. You will be given your very own ‘Personalised Agenda’, designed to ensure that your day is structured, and allows you to engage with experts, and at the same time, ‘experience’ some of the latest technology, first-hand.


It’s one thing being told that these ULEVs can do this, do that, save you £X-amount, etc. but do they really? We believe that having the opportunity to ‘experience’ the vehicles first-hand, by driving them in normal, everyday conditions, is the best way to make your mind up. Part of your Personalised Agenda will give you the opportunity to test drive the very latest in clean car, van and truck technology.


Your day begins with some breakfast, tea and coffee, and ends in the same way. ‘Sandwiched’ in the middle will be refreshment breaks, as well as a lovely buffet lunch, all designed to ensure that you’re refreshed and fulfilled… And it’s FREE!


This event will not only help you make an ‘educated decision’ on how to integrate this innovative technology, with a view to playing your part in the city’s push for cleaner air… but it will also show you how you can SAVE MONEY at the same time! Add to that, that this event is FREE TO ATTEND, and there really is no reason why you shouldn’t APPLY FOR YOUR PLACE NOW… Reserve your place at GREENFLEET North East.