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Rental and leasing sector up for Clean Air Day challenge

The BVRLA has stressed that the rental and leasing sector stands ready to provide businesses with the low-emission vehicles they need to stay compliant.

Speaking on Clean Air Day (8 October) as Bath confirms its Clean Air Zone launch date, chief executive Gerry Keaney (pictured) said the city was just the first of a number of cities due to announce more details of their CAZ plans. And he urged businesses to look ahead, in order to consider the impacts.

“Our members have a fleet of CAZ-compliant cars, vans and trucks ready to help businesses or individuals upgrade their vehicles to cleaner alternatives. We would advise people to consider their options now, to ensure that they can get the right vehicles in place at the right time.”

The BVRLA has been working with policymakers across the UK for a number of years to ensure that local and national clean air strategies are practical, effective and don’t place an unrealistic burden on road users.

But with six months to go until Bath becomes the first of many Clean Air Zone cities, the association has also highlighted issues that must be addressed by local and national government:

  • The Government must introduce a nationwide digital payment platform that provides a clear, consistent and proactive way for fleets to manage multiple vehicles entering multiple zones on a daily basis. A similar ‘auto pay’ function to that used on the Dart Crossing is essential, because it would enable fleets to register their vehicles and have them charged automatically as they enter a CAZ.
  • Local authorities must provide targeted financial assistance to firms that need support in upgrading their vans or trucks. These funds should be accessible for leased or rented vehicles – which thousands of businesses and individuals rely on for their transport needs.

“2021 is already set to be a challenging year, as the UK economy recovers from the impacts of Covid-19 restrictions and new ways of working. The introduction of Clean Air Zones will provide yet another test, but it is an essential one, and one that the vehicle rental and leasing sector is ready to help with,” added Keaney.

Written by 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.

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