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Nationwide digital payment platform is a must for Clean Air Zones, says BVRLA

The introduction of Clean Air Zones is essential to combat air pollution but local and national support, including a digital payment platform, is vital to help fleets with compliance.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney

The comments have been made by the BVRLA for Clean Air Day today (8 October) and as Bath confirms its Clean Air Zone will launch in March.

Chief executive Gerry Keaney said the city was just the first of a number due to announce more details of their CAZ plans. But as well as warning fleets that they should ensure vehicles are compliant, he added that the Government must play its role and introduce a nationwide digital payment platform that provides a clear, consistent and proactive way for fleets to manage multiple vehicles entering multiple zones on a daily basis.

Keaney added that a similar ‘auto pay’ function to that used on the Dart Crossing was essential, because it would enable fleets to register their vehicles and have them charged automatically as they enter a CAZ.

The BVRLA also said local authorities must take a stake in support, providing targeted financial assistance to firms that need support in upgrading their vans or trucks. These funds should be accessible for leased or rented vehicles – which thousands of businesses and individuals rely on for their transport needs.

And Keaney urged fleet operators to plan ahead, in order to consider the impacts.

“Our members have a fleet of CAZ-compliant cars, vans and trucks ready to help businesses or individuals upgrade their vehicles to cleaner alternatives. We would advise people to consider their options now, to ensure that they can get the right vehicles in place at the right time.

“2021 is already set to be a challenging year, as the UK economy recovers from the impacts of Covid-19 restrictions and new ways of working. The introduction of Clean Air Zones will provide yet another test, but it is an essential one, and one that the vehicle rental and leasing sector is ready to help with,” he added.

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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.

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