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The Diesel Scrappage Scheme and what it means for HGVs.


What Is it?

The Diesel Scrappage Scheme has been introduced by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove to improve Britain’s air quality and help in the prevention of the costly effects of global warming. The proposed plan will see diesel fuelled vehicles taken off the road by 2040 and greener, electrically powered vehicles take their place.

For car owners, there can be great incentives in ditching their diesel car and swapping to a more environmentally friendly car. Manufacturers like Ford, BMW and Mercedes are all offering cash incentives to customers thinking about swapping, but what about HGVs?

What about HGVs?

The future for HGVs, under this new scheme, has not yet been discussed but it is expected to be later this year. However, if this scheme did go ahead it would mean that firms would need to replace current vehicles to more environmentally friendly ones. We cannot be sure how much the swap will cost for haulier firms exactly, as there are not enough electric HGVs on the road to give us an estimate.

Let’s hope that there will be similar swapping schemes for HGVs as there are for smaller vehicles.   

The T-Charge.

The ban is not yet confirmed however, TFL (Transport For London) are bringing in the T-Charge or Toxicity Charge in order to combat the high levels of pollution in Britain’s capital. This scheme will begin in October 2017 and will mean that cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches, and HGVs in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge. This new charge will also be in addition to the Congestion Charge. This means vehicles could be paying up to £21.50 a day if they do not meet the emission standards.

This is certainly a hefty charge but one that the TFL believe will encourage car owners, as well as private haulage companies, think about swapping to greener vehicles.

What are your thoughts on the Diesel Scrappage scheme? Do you think that new T-Charge will make you think twice about the emissions coming out of your vehicle?

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Abigail Smith
HGV Express Blog Writer


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