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Government leading the way with introduction of ultra-low car fleets

Government leading the way with introduction of ultra-low car fleets

Progress in the move towards ultra-low emission car fleets has been outlined by the Transport Secretary.

Chris Grayling has provided an update on the Government Car Service, which is managed by the Department for Transport (DfT).

It is all part of the over-arching Road to Zero strategy that the government launched in July 2018 with the ambition of making the transport network greener and cleaner by improving infrastructure.

A critical element of this strategy is to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles, paving the way for ultra-low emission car fleets, as well as vans.

And the strategy also set out the commitment to make all central government cars electric by 2030, with at least a quarter of the fleet electrified by 2022.

These targets are set to be hit by the Government Car Service; indeed, already, electric vehicles make up 23% of the entire fleet.

Mr Grayling has called on every government department to reinforce the promise to move towards ultra-low car fleets and a completely electric government fleet by the end of the next decade.

Each department has been given guidance on how they can make the transition, with a request for all departments to publish an annual progress report.

The Transport Secretary said: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to own an ultra-low emission vehicle, and as a government we have to lead by example.

“I am pleased with the change we are making to the Government Car Service, but this now needs to be reflected in all fleets that are controlled by government.

“The Prime Minister made the bold commitment that the UK will end its net contribution to climate change by 2050. It is absolutely vital that all parts of government play their part in delivering this ambitions target.”

It continues on with the host of initiatives aimed at reducing pollution in transport.

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