BVRLA releases green data

BVRLA has released new data demonstrating the green credentials of its members and written to city authorities across the UK offering to support its efforts in improving local air quality.

From January 2020 cities across the UK will begin implementing their clean air zones (CAZ) as part of their plans to tackle illegal levels of pollution.

The BVRLA’s Fleet Sustainability Credentials show the rental and leasing sectors are already leading the transition to cleaner transport, with 94% of the car rental fleet and 75% of leased cars CAZ compliant just fifteen months before the first zones are expected to begin operating.

The results are even starker for the commercial vehicle sector – which is the largest target for most local authority CAZs. Only 13% of the UK van fleet is currently CAZ-compliant, compared to over a third (37%) of all leased vans and over half (56%) of the rental van fleet.

The BVRLA’s Fleet Sustainability Credentials highlight the particular dilemma facing the commercial vehicle sector. Several CAZ proposals put forward so far stipulate that any HGV lower than the Euro VI emissions standard will attract a daily fee of up to £100 to enter.

Only 36% of the total UK HGV fleet is currently Euro VI, but this rises to 65% for rented and leased trucks. As the lifecycle of a rented or leased HGV is significantly longer than that of a van or car, it will take longer for these vehicles to reach the second-hand market, where they can provide a more affordable option for fleets looking to acquire CAZ-compliant trucks.

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA said, ‘These figures show in no uncertain terms that our sector offers the fastest route to clean air in our urban areas.

‘Our members offer a range of flexible and affordable solutions for every application and stand ready to assist individuals and businesses that are looking to replace older, more polluting vehicles with cleaner and greener options.’