Government support is paramount if a ban on sales of new HGVs is to come into force by 2040, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
One of the largest associations in the UK, the FTA represents the interests of thousands of companies in the transport industry, and the Association’s comments suggest the 2040 target is feasible for the logistics sector.
These comments come in the wake of the publication of the Better Delivery: The Challenge For Freight report from the National Infrastructure Commission, which calls for government ministers to set out plans in the next two years on how sales of new petrol and diesel HGVs can be banned by 2040, and how infrastructure is in place so that the industries reliant on heavy goods vehicles can transition towards hydrogen and battery solutions.
The need for infrastructure to support zero emission alternatives is vital though; if the government are to achieve its own Road to Zero aims, these steps need to be taken.
The logistics industry is crucial for the country and currently, its vehicles are primarily petrol or diesel-powered.
But the FTA’s response to the NIC report shows and industry that will embrace change, yet knows that government support is the only realistic way this will happen.
And Christopher Snelling, Head of UK Policy at FTA said the government support needs to come in the form of infrastructure.
He said: “The logistics sector is more than willing to make the permanent switch away from carbon-based fuels, but the government must first ensure the infrastructure and funding is in place to support this.
“FTA is calling for the government to make the necessary investments into alternatively-fuelled vehicles before acting upon the NIC’s recommendations to ban the sale of new diesel HGVs by 2040.
“Similarly, FTA is calling on government to make necessary investments in electrification or appropriate alternative fuel to enable rail services to move to a zero carbon future.”