75% of leased cars already CAZ-compliant, reports BVRLA
The rental and leasing sectors are already leading the transition to cleaner transport, ahead of the introduction of clean air zones (CAZs), the latest BVRLA Sustainability Credentials figures reveal.
According to the statistics, 94% of the car rental fleet and 75% of leased cars are already CAZ compliant some 15 months before the first zones are expected to begin operating. And with rental and leased vehicles managed on a frequent renewal cycle, this means that the vast majority of the car and van fleet will be CAZ-compliant by 2020.
These compliance figures are well ahead of the average for all UK cars, where only 57% meet CAZ emission requirements. BVRLA data also shows that the average company car emits 11% less CO2 than the average personal lease car, and 19% less CO2 than the average grey fleet car.
Earlier this year, the Government asked a further 23 local authorities to formulate plans to tackle local air pollution. These plans could include the creation of several extra CAZs, with full proposals due to be submitted in December 2018. The BVRLA has written to all 23 authorities reaffirming its commitment to working collaboratively to ensure air quality plans are “proportionate and effective”. It adds that CAZs can be an important tool to tackle air quality issues in heavily polluted areas, but any introduction must be balanced against the potential impact on the wider economy and people’s quality of life.
Chief executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “A comprehensive national framework is vital to ensure we get the consistency of signage, charging and restrictions required by fleets operating across the UK. In our letters to the local authorities we explain the wealth of knowledge and experience that we can put at their disposal, with our members being able to represent the views of both small and large, as well as local and national fleet operators. We all want to see fewer, cleaner vehicles used in cities, and the best chance of delivering this new vision of urban mobility will come from working together.”