BVRLA and TFL join forces

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) co-hosted an event with Transport for London (TfL) to explore the impact of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on van users in the capital.

The event gathered over fifty representatives from government, business, fleet management and used vehicle suppliers. Participants shared insights and contributed towards plans to ensure effective communication to increase awareness amongst small business van drivers that are likely to be impacted by the ULEZ when it begins operating in April 2019.

The ULEZ will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week within the current congestion charge area. The new regulations will charge any vehicle not meeting the following emissions standards: Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles; Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles; Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles; and Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles.

James Ingram, principal city planner, TfL explained, ‘One of the key challenges for us is building awareness amongst Londoners before the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019. We recognise some of challenges that small businesses face in order to upgrade their fleet in time. That is why we have joined forces with the BVRLA to give smaller businesses as much support as we can to be ready, not just for the introduction of ULEZ, but for the long-term future as London moves towards becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050.’