TfL launches freight emissions reduction scheme

A new programme to reduce the emissions of freight and fleet operators in London has been launched. Transport for London’s (TfL) five-year ‘LoCITY’ project aims to encourage the uptake of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new programme to reduce the emissions of freight and fleet operators in London has been launched.

Transport for London’s (TfL) five-year ‘LoCITY’ project aims to encourage the uptake of cleaner vans and lorries by increasing the availability of low emission vehicles, reforming environmental operating standards and improving refuelling and recharging infrastructure.

The programme will support Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to improve air quality and increase the use of ultra-low emission vehicles in the capital.

Mike Brown, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: `Over the next five years LoCITY will begin improving London’s air quality by encouraging the take up of low emission vehicles.

“We’re working with vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and the industry to make these vehicles a realistic choice for operators. Together we can improve London’s air quality and by supporting the freight sector – which is essential for our city to function – we will have a real impact.”

Last year the Supreme Court ordered the UK Government to take urgent action to cut air pollution following which Defra announced plans for five cities to have ‘Clean Air Zones’ by 2020.

Last week ELN spoke to car manufacturers and industry experts in London to find out the state of the UK electric vehicle market.