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New LowCVP guide to help local authorities encourage ULEV take-up

The guide is launched following the shortlisting of the 12 cities for the £35m Go Ultra Low City scheme and provides a wide range of options that bidders may employ. 

Released to coincide with the LowCVP’s 2015 Annual Conference which features a discussion on mobility in future cities, the LowCVP has identified five ‘P’s which designate levers that local authorities can most effectively use to influence low emission vehicle uptake at the local level:

• Parking – discounts for LEVs or dedicated bays

• Permits – discounts for LEVs to operate in low emission zones and for residents; preferential permits for LEV taxis

• Planning – embedding consideration for LEV fuelling infrastructure into local development

• Procurement – local authorities specifying LEVs for their own fleets and setting leading standards for their service providers

• Promotion – of the benefits to business and via educational activity within the local community. 

The Guide also uses examples of successful private public partnerships in combination with case studies of good practice in the UK and internationally. It also outlines challenges local authorities face in adopting LEV policies, and provides recommendations for how these can be overcome. 

The Guide highlights that a variety of low-emission vehicle fuels and technologies should be encouraged at a local level.

Derek McCreadie, low emission officer, City of York Council, said: “City of York Council recognises the importance of using local policy measures to support the adoption of low emission vehicles. The new LowCVP ‘Good Practice Guide’ offers a broad range of case studies and innovative policy ideas that can be replicable across any local government context.” 

To download the Good Practice Guide for Local Measures to Encourage the Uptake of Low Emission Vehicles visit: http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/resource-library/reports-and-studies.htm

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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.