The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has written to local authorities to explain the limitations associated with Clean Air Zones (CAZs).
As the leading voice for the UK’s logistics sector, the FTA is committed to reducing harmful commissions and its vehicles will be under pressure to be environmentally friendly.
However, the organisation has been a long term advocate of alternatives to CAZs and in its briefing note to those local authorities who have outlined their own ambitions to introduce zones that improve air quality, the FTA has outlined alternative solutions to these “disruptive schemes.”
The organisation has previously written about air quality solutions, and are clear that CAZs aren’t the most effective way of reaching improvement targets set by the government.
Natalie Chapman is the Head of Urban Policy at the FTA. She said CAZs will hurt small businesses and are not the most effective long term solution.
She said: “FTA and its members are committed to reducing harmful emissions from the logistics sector and takes its responsibility to do so very seriously.
“That is why we are so keen to ensure local and national governments are using the most effective approach to improve air quality across the UK.
“Clean Air Zones – schemes designed to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles (pre-Euro VI/6 models) by imposing a charge upon them as they enter a designated area – will not provide any lasting benefit to air quality; they will also hit the small businesses and specialist operators who can least afford to pay.”
Ms Chapman explains that, in the government’s document, the FTA “detail the alternative solutions that would deliver lasting impacts to urban areas; not just in air quality, but in greenhouse gas emissions, safety and efficiency.
“This includes our advice to authorities to focus their resources on incentivising the uptake of alternatively fuelled or electric commercial vehicles.
“We want to see local authorities build more charging points for electric vehicles and work alongside electricity suppliers to ensure there is enough grid capacity to support these developments.”