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Large Goods Vehicles: Environment Protection

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 101954, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) incentivise the use of environmentally sustainable (a) Heavy and (b) Medium Goods Vehicles.

Answered on

20 October 2020

The Government is currently working to produce a Transport Decarbonisation Plan that will deliver a cross-modal approach to decarbonising transport, including road freight. We are also promoting best practice and effective actions to enable operators to reduce emissions and improve the environmental sustainability of their vehicles.

A number of local authorities are implementing Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in order to reduce NO2 emissions to legal levels. The Government is providing funding to these areas to allow them to offer grants to businesses operating HGVs impacted by CAZ charges to help them upgrade their vehicles to cleaner, compliant models.