As part of the measures introduced to help tackle air pollution and dramatically reduce harmful emissions, an Ultra-Low Emission Zone is to be created in central London from 8th April 2019.
Our transport operations director David McWilliams spoke to the Telegraph last month about what these new measures mean for businesses in the supply chain who depend on the transportation of goods through the capital. Here’s what David had to say:
“The requirement to enter the Ultra-Low Emission Zone for most logistics businesses is, at present, an unavoidable one. Simply put, there would be a lot of empty shelves on the high street if these vehicles don’t travel through central London. So, while this move may not stop vehicles from hitting the congested roads, it should encourage businesses – if they haven’t already – to sharpen up their operations from an environmental point of view.
“This new initiative will hopefully provide incentive for businesses to upgrade their oldest vehicles responsible for causing the most pollution. Every business should be aiming to have as much of their fleet as possible meeting the Euro 6 Standard. At ASCG, we’re proud to be operating at 100%.
“Until a time comes when alternative modes of transport can be used effectively to access business in the City, Londoners will still see large diesel-powered vehicles transporting goods. However, with the range of approaches adopted by the government, we should see the industry’s vehicles getting greener.”
To read the full Telegraph report, please click here.