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Local authorities invited to apply for share of Clean Vehicle Technology Fund

A total of £5m is able under the Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. The funding, up to a maximum of £500,000 for any one authority, will allow authorities to fit pollution-busting technology treating exhaust fumes or converting vehicles to run on cleaner fuels.

The latest move builds on the £7.3m awarded last year through the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:
 ’This is our latest step in a major programme of measures to make our air cleaner. We are raising the bar and making sure that the ongoing trend of improving air quality continues. This £5 million will mean less harmful exhaust fumes from buses, and other vehicles, in some of our most polluted urban areas. This funding will also secure jobs and growth in the industries delivering the technology.’

Applicants should use the DfT's form and guidance notes to submit their Clean Vehicle Technology Fund proposals.

The Government said: ‘Reducing pollutant emissions from older buses, other heavy duty vehicles, and taxis, in particular oxides of nitrogen (NOx), demonstrates the government's commitment to improved air quality in our towns and cities, and meeting EU air quality standards.’

Earlier this year deputy prime minster Nick Clegg announced a new £500m scheme intended to help drive take-up of electric vehicles and hybrids.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.