Fleet operators have pledged their support to the Clean Van Commitment.
Backed by the Department for Transport (DfT), the Clean Van Commitment is led by Global Action Plan, who are asking for van fleet operators to sign the public pledge to move towards zero emission vans in cities by 2028.
Global Action Plan argue that fleet operators who pledge to switch towards zero emission vans will be making huge contributions to air quality in cities, driving economic growth in the process.
Fleet operators who rely on using the UK’s roads and railways have backed the Clean Van Commitment, with supporters including Network Rail, Leeds City Council, Tesco, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water, to name just a few of the organisations already signed up.
The additional support comes at a time when cities are trying to clean up their toxic air; on 8 April, London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced.
This standard – the world’s toughest for zero emissions – will encourage fleet owners to do something about their vehicles that do not meet emission standards, because if they don’t, daily charges of up to £100 will be incurred.
It makes the Clean Van Commitment even more important, because those organisations that have signed up are significant, and will encourage others to follow suit.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is just one organisation who has pledged support.
Currently, the BHF operate a fleet of 109 branded vehicles and, like many, there is a chance that this will increase. Therefore, there is a need for action.
The BHF has also supported the aforementioned ULEZ and John Maingay, Director of Policy and Influencing, said: “The time to take action on pollution is now.
“Air pollution represents the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, and almost six out of 10 deaths related to outdoor air pollution worldwide are a result of heart disease or stroke.
“By signing up to the Clean Van Commitment, we are demonstrating our commitment to cleaning up Britain’s air. We urge other charities and organisations with vehicle fleets to follow our lead.”