Transport firms including DPD call for plan on air pollution
A total of 15 transport businesses and organisations including DPD and Lime have joined forces with environmental law charity ClientEarth urge the UK government to fast-track action on air pollution.
The group has sent a new open letter to the Chancellor, building on the PM’s recently announced Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, which will see the UK ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030.
The group has called for four actions to provide a roadmap for the period between now and the 2030 ban:
- A ‘mobility credit scheme’ to incentivise people to switch from an older polluting vehicle to a cleaner form of transport, such as zero emission exhaust vehicles (ZEEVs)
- Increased funding for businesses developing technologies that support a zero emission transport system
- Measures, e.g. a time-limited VAT rebate or exemption, that would incentivise the uptake of cleaner vehicles until they reach cost-parity with petrol and diesel counterparts
- A long-term plan for delivering ZEEV infrastructure, to accompany the £1.3bn announced in the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan.
Dominic Phinn, who leads business engagement on air pollution at ClientEarth, said: “We need to be honest: some businesses are opposing the inevitable direction of travel. But there is also broad appetite in the UK business community to fight against the negative impacts of air pollution. This action plan has real teeth and if the Government takes it up, businesses will have the clarity they need to move forward with the transition.”