Logistics UK comment on the end of the heavy vehicle scrappage scheme

Friday 16 October 2020

Denise Beedell, Policy Manager for Vans and Urban at Logistics UK, comments:

“Logistics UK welcomed the introduction of the heavy vehicle scrappage scheme in September 2020 as it would help businesses prepare their fleets for the tightening of the London Low Emission Zone in March 2021. The fact that allocated funding for the scheme has run out so soon after its launch due to high demand demonstrates the real determination from logistics businesses to transition to cleaner vehicles and upgrade their fleets in time. We hope that government will support Transport for London with additional funding to extend the scheme or consider alternative options to help those due to be hit hardest by the air quality scheme, including businesses based within the London-wide Low Emission Zone area and operators of specialist vehicles.”

Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.