The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has outlined its strategy for dealing with road transport’s impact on the UK’s air quality.
In response to the Government’s recent UK Air Quality Plan, the BVRLA has urged policymakers to move from consultation to action as soon as possible, calling for a carefully considered combination of incentives and restrictions that encourage more sustainable travel behaviour without punishing people for decisions that have been made already based on previous policy.
Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney said;
“BVRLA members fully appreciate the urgent need to address air pollution in the UK, which requires a change in the way we travel and the vehicles we use.
“Our sector has enormous buying power and provides advice to thousands and thousands of drivers and fleet operators. If the Government can deliver the right tax regime, incentives and guidance, we can have a huge impact in improving air quality across the country.”
The BVRLA has called on the Government to:
- Provide a thorough set of Clean Air Zone guidance to ensure consistency in terms of timescales, standards, enforcement, and charges
- Work with the BVRLA to develop an engagement campaign promoting the rental of vehicles, leasing, car clubs and other possible solutions for those affected by Clean Air Zones
- Provide industry with confidence in Euro 6 standards by legislating to make sure all compliant vehicles can be operated across the UK without additional costs and/or restrictions
- Give a distinct guarantee that it will not introduce any new motoring taxes that will punish businesses or individuals for vehicle purchasing decisions based on previous Government policy
- Ensure that any diesel scrappage scheme is flexible and targeted, including providing support for companies that want to replace or retrofit older, more polluting commercial vehicles. It should also encourage owners of older, more polluting cars to give them up, by offering ‘mobility vouchers’ that can be used for car rental, clubs and other shared or public transport
- Continue to support and fund Plug-in-Car and Plug-in-Van Grants, gradual progressively adjusting CO2 and zero-emission range requirements to ensure the incentive keeps up-to-date with technology advances
- Ensure a consistent tax policy to support uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles
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