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Transport Secretary responds positively to request for support to decarbonise van fleets

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP has responded positively to Logistics UK’s request for financial support for van operators to transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030.

The request was made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of the Autumn Budget, in a letter signed with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and five other organisations.

“I am very grateful to you for detailing the specific challenges faced by van operators”, Shapps said in his response, “The Government recognises the vital role that van fleet operators play, not only in facilitating our ambitions for decarbonising road transport, but also more widely in contributing to the UK economy across a wide range of industrial sectors including SMEs.”

The Secretary of State said he would bear these recommendations in mind as it took forward work on the zero emission vehicles mandate and developed plans for the £620m new funding announced in the Net Zero Strategy.

“The Government shall continue to work with van fleet operators to ensure support is focused on making the transition to ZEVs as easy as possible,” he concluded.


Published On: 18/11/2021 16:00:22


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