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Is your business ready for new emissions regulations and changes in legislation?

Written by admin December 7, 2018 0 comment

Fluctuating fuel prices, new air quality initiatives, changes in emissions testing and increasing choices in electric and hybrid vehicles – it seems that operating company vehicles today is an increasingly complex and confusing area.

With more commercial vehicles on the roads than ever – figures from the Department for Transport show that van traffic has increased by 70% in the last 20 years – businesses of every size cannot afford to ignore changes to regulations and legislation around company vehicles.

According to recent research,changes in regulation is now the primary concern for nearly a quarter (24%) of small to medium-sized businesses in the UK. So, with significant changes ahead in terms of vehicle taxation, Clean Air Zones (CAZs) and emissions testing, will your business be a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ when the ‘rules of the game’ change?

How will Clean Air Zones (CAZs) impact how you do business today? As part of the nationwide initiative to improve air quality, a number of towns and cities across the UK are currently drawing up plans to start charging older cars, vans and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to access urban areas.

CAZs: Beyond London
If you think restricting or charging for access to certain areas is an issue that only affects London, then think again. Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are expected to come into force in 2020 to address local air quality issues and are being proposed for Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton.

Bristol was identified in the Government’s original Air Quality Plan as breaching NO2 limits. For this reason Bristol City Council have been tasked with implementing a Clean Air

Action plan by 2020. While the impact will be felt by all road users, with over 22,000 businesses based in Bristol, the impact will mostly be felt by those driving to work.

Many businesses operating in and out of Bristol do not realise the impact that a potential CAZ will have on their fleet operations, both financially and administratively.

£30,360 – Potential costs to a typical fleet of 30 cars, over 253 working days – How is this calculated? This sample contains a mix of the following vehicle types:
zz2x Petrol (Euro rating 4)
zz2x Hybrid (Petrol Euro rating 5)
zz12x Diesel (Euro rating 5)
zz14x Diesel (Euro rating 6)

In a single day, 12 vehicles in this sample would be chargeable (40% of the total fleet) and the total CAZ charge would be £120 (charged at £10 per day).

Will you be able to access a CAZ? An estimate from the Freight Transport Association suggests that only 22% of the vans on the road in 2019 would be able to access these CAZs, while research from the Energy Saving Trust found that just over half (58%) of all
UK vehicles are CAZ compliant. Which half are your company vehicles in?

Precise plans for these CAZs and the specific restrictions on vehicles are still to be confirmed by each local authority but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. For the latest plans on CAZs, visit the DEFRA website.

Free Advice
For more information advice on CAZ and all fleet matters Bluepoppy Vehicle Solutions can help you understand what all this means for your company and its vehicles, plus what you need to do in the short to long term, call Bluepoppy on 0345 207 3720.
Paul Watts-Barnes
Director
Bluepoppy Vehicle Solutions Limited
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ALD Automotive 2018