We, at the haulage and HGV industry, have always been proud to bring you all the news you need on HGVs, industry trends and its future. Whether that future includes driverless HGVs or the electric HGVs from Tesla taking over, we want you to have the information you need to stay successful.
For this reason, we could not very well ignore the latest news to hit the motor industry which is that diesel fuel is about to be completely eradicated. The UK government has announced plans to get rid of diesel vehicles by 2040. The plan involves getting all diesel vehicles off the road for good.
Diesel Eradication to Tackle Air Pollution
According to Michael Grove, the environmental secretary to the UK, the plan is aimed at tackling the air pollution problem. For now, the plan involves cars only, but the HGV industry is not breathing sighs of relief yet. This is because we all know that heavy goods vehicles will be dealt with soon and they have to because they use up so much more fuel than cars do.
“The sale of diesel vehicles is expected to be banned by 2040 meaning that haulage firms must start replacing their current diesel fleets with environmentally-sound ones. So far, some firms have completed the transition but many are yet to follow suit,” explains an easy CPC driver training expert.
One thing that is not yet clear is whether HGV firms will be paid for being forced to replace their fleets. A haulage firm replacing a fleet is certain to be very costly compared to an individual replacing a car.
Currently, car owners will receive £1000 to £2000 for switching from diesel to electric vehicles. This covers the cost of trading one vehicle for another. Electric HGVs are not in a wide market like the consumer market is, however. Not enough hauling firms know exactly what is expected of them when buying and operating low-emission vehicles on a large scale.
There is an attempt at encouraging voluntary switches with van drivers. They have been promised they can drive HGVs if they get a low-emission model such as a hybrid or an electric vehicle. But, this measure is only a temporary one and it only covers vans and not larger HGVs.
Making Diesel More Expensive
Diesel has not yet been completely banned as of now, but drivers will soon be charged more for road use, parking and fuel. This is an attempt to get diesel off the road by compensating drivers for choosing low-emission cars by the 1st of October 2017.
The scheme is a far cry from Prime Minister Blair encouraging people to switch from petrol to diesel because of how low the emissions are. We now understand that diesel emissions are much more harmful to the environment than petrol emissions are. Authorities are working hard to rectify the damage done by the gentle suggestion for switching to diesel by unveiling this stricter deadline for eliminating diesel altogether.
It has not been confirmed when and if the diesel scrappage scheme will move forward, however, it is being discussed seriously. We will keep our ears to the ground so that we can get you the latest news and deliver it to you as soon as we hear it.