Cleaner road haulage is to see a u-turn tomorrow with the launch of the Commercial Vehicle Anti-Idling Fuel Management Campaign. The Transport for London’s (TfL) idea is the latest to prevent unnecessary costs and reducing pollution from trucks in the UK.
The Department for Transport has again voiced support to change UK road haulage for the better. There is to be more use of biofuels and electric vehicles, whilst the DfT has put aside funding to continue development with the Technology Strategy Board. Mike Penning, Roads Minister has said how necessary it is to develop a suitable refueling infrastructure, considering trucks which are powered differently.
Delivered through the ‘Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform’ the Government has been researching and developing new technologies, with the aid of the Technology Strategy Board. Funded through several government bodies, the launch of this platform was in September 2007; since then there has been a lot of research targeted at ultra-low and low vehicle technologies.
The Minister last year gave his undying support to a Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme by the FTA (Freight Transport Association. The proposal is to reduce, by 8% , the carbon output of members by 2015. This is only one of the many initiatives which are currently under way. According to a recent report on biofuels usage, only 22% is produced in the UK, with the remainder being imported, however things are set to improve. Electric vehicles development proceeds rapidly.
Ashwoods, suppliers of the low carbon vans, are now in the second phase of the programme, following their trial of 200 vans last November. Public fleet buyers can receive up to £1.7m in funding to buy 500 low carbon vans.
With schemes like these available the battle can be won, but we do need to work on refueling for the vehicles.