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Logistics UK dismayed by reduction to Van Plug-in Grant
Logistics UK reacted with dismay to the government’s announcement before Christmas that it would reduce its Van Plug-in Grant.
Taking effect from 15 December 2021, the new rates are 35% of the purchase price up to £2,500 for small vans under 2.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) and 35% of purchase price up to £5,000 for large vans between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes GVW.
“This represents a £500 reduction for small vans and a £1,000 reduction for large vans,” said Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager, Logistics UK. “Just at the moment that van operators are looking to decarbonise their fleets, this sends exactly the wrong message to those in the industry who are trying to do the right thing.
“Logistics UK is extremely disappointed to see the introduction of these reductions without notice and less than a year since the previous plug-in grant rate reduction. Reducing financial support at this point in time, as operators grapple with inflationary pressures, is very unhelpful.”
There are no changes to grant rates for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, but car and motorcycle plug-in grant rates were also reduced. The government has also announced it will be mandating minimum payment methods for new public charge points that are 7.1kw and over, including rapids.
Published On: 13/01/2022 16:00:42