HGVs will be zero-emission by 2040

All HGVs in the UK will be zero-emission by 2040

The UK government has announced on the 10th November 2021 that all new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be zero-emission by 2040.  

The UK government has announced that all new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be zero-emission by 2040.  

The UK will be the first country in the world to commit to phasing out new, non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes or less by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the country becoming zero-emission by 2040. 

By the same year, the government also plans to phase out all polluting road vehicles, such as petrol and diesel vehicles. 

Many industry leaders commented on the announcement. Head of Public Policy at Logistics UK, Michelle Gardner, stated: “The announcement of phase out dates for new, non-zero emission HGVs at the tailpipe, such as those run on diesel, will help provide logistics businesses and manufacturers with much-needed certainty on the industry’s path to decarbonisation. But these dates will only be attainable if the government provides the right support: our members need to see a nationwide network of recharging and refuelling infrastructure put in place, effective and affordable vehicles made readily available for all, and fairer charging arrangements for the necessary power upgrades to commercial premises. 

Gerry Keaney, CE of British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) said: “Today’s announcement is a welcome update and will support the industry in its drive towards decarbonisation. BVRLA members are already leading the way in making positive changes and it’s vital that regulations acknowledge the different challenges experienced from one vehicle type to another. 

“Use cases of HGVs vary significantly, so we welcome the government’s intention to consult on derogations that will enable a fair and achievable transition. The BVRLA looks forward to working with the government on the delivery plan that will be essential in ensuring the UK road transport network can be decarbonised successfully. 

“The approach must be comprehensive, particularly around HGVs where the barriers remain huge. The recent funding that was announced to support trials of zero emission technology for the sector is a very positive step, and we eagerly await the clarity this will bring to help meet the phase-out dates.” 

Olly Craughan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at DPDgroup UK noted: “We totally support the withdrawal of the selling of new, non-zero emission HGVs in the UK by 2035, as we do the sale of new diesel/petrol final mile fleet vehicles by 2030. We would urge all parties involved in the supply of alternative green HGVs to press the fast forward button on their development plans so businesses like ourselves can make the transition as soon as possible.” 

“DPD is one of the brands leading the way on the decarbonisation of fleets but bringing down the cost of green HGVs and creating adequate supply will be essential to the UK hitting this target.” 

For more information, visit the UK government update here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-confirms-pledge-for-zero-emission-hgvs-by-2040-and-unveils-new-chargepoint-design 

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