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Large Goods Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 116383, tabled on 17 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the effect of haulage vehicles on air quality.

Answered on

25 November 2020

The Government is committed to improving air quality and the freight sector has a significant role to play in this. The Government encourages more sustainable alternatives to road haulage where practical, including e-cargo bikes and electric vehicles for urban deliveries and mode shift to rail freight.

The implementation of Clean Air Zones will affect the use of haulage vehicles substantially in some cases.

There are official level discussions with representatives of the road haulage industry about the implementation of existing policies and the development of further policy related to road freight and pollution.

Support is being provided by local authorities and through the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme to help businesses upgrade to newer vehicles and achieve compliance with NO2 limits where Clean Air Zones restrict access for older HGVs. We are also consulting on options for improving the productivity of existing fleets, for example through the use of longer semi-trailers which have reduced the number of HGV journeys and the associated emissions.