The governments around the world are taking important measures to reduce the level of pollutions, and one such measure by the UK Government is declaring some areas as clean air zone. The UK government has already announced to ban the sales of combustion-engined vehicles from 2030 in order to reduce pollution and this is another measure from them in this regard.
While the efforts from the government are commendable and need to be supported, the auto sector requires support from the government to adapt to these new rules. On 15 March, the country’s first clean air zone started operating in Bath. And the Birmingham clean air zone will go live from June. While the Ultra-low emission zone will start operating in London from 25 October. These zones will not allow vehicles that do not have clean engines to easily travel within the area. So they will have to pay a daily charge. It will definitely help reduce the pollution levels, but it’s not without its complications.
The larger van fleets have a better opportunity to be prepared for the implementation of these zones, but the chairman of the association of fleet professionals says there is a lack of awareness, which is not good for this industry. Small fleets don’t have a dedicated fleet manager and they are not a part of our association. They don’t even read the fleet press, so they are probably not aware of the implementation of the new zones, because the normal press is not giving it enough coverage.
Small and medium-sized enterprises do not know about what’s going on and it can hit them hard. We do not yet have stats about how many vehicles will be quickly by the implementation of these zones, but you can expect the numbers to be very high.
These figures were announced by the Birmingham City Council. According to the mayor of London’s office, about 33,000 LCVs will be impacted by the introduction of clean air zones. The expansion of the ULEZ will have the biggest impact. Everyone is preparing themselves for the new zones, but the lack of collaboration between the government and local leaders is worrying. There needs to be a national scheme rather than different versions of a local scheme.