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Van Policy Working Group discusses the Non-Zero-Emission Van Registration Trading Scheme 


The Van Policy Working Group met this week (Tuesday 25 June) under the new chairmanship of Colin James, General Manager Compliance and Risk at DPD Group UK, to discuss the impact of the new Non-Zero-Emission Van Registration Trading Scheme (VRTS) on vehicle acquisition plans.

VRTS is also known as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate. While this year the scheme only limits registrations of new non-zero-emission vans to 90%, the limit of 84% in 2025 is already starting to bite.  

Members reported that some manufacturers have imposed individual order limits on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, insisting that at least 16% of the order must be for electric vans, and that others are believed to be considering doing so.  

There is a worry that operators may not be able to obtain suitable ICE vehicles to replace ageing vehicles in their fleets, especially if they only wish to place a small order of two or three vehicles. This concern is particularly acute for smaller businesses and those with insufficient power supplies at depots for electric vehicle charging, a lack of fit-for-purpose public chargepoints on their routes, or for those moving heavy loads, auxiliary equipment and travelling long distances.  

The group also met with several Logistics UK team members, including Ben Garratt, Deputy Director – Public Affairs who discussed Logistics UK’s work ahead of the general election. Jacqui Hillhouse, Support Services Manager – Training, gave details of our new Bridge Strike Prevention e-learning module, while Dan Crutchington gave an overview of the current situation regarding alternatively fuelled vehicles and the top van enquiries to our Member Advice Centre.  

The next meeting of the Van Policy Working Group will be held on Tuesday 3 September.  

For more details contact Denise Beedell, Senior Policy Manager – dbeedell@logistics.org.uk

Published On: 27/06/2024 15:30:00

 

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