The Government has confirmed at Cop26 that new HGVs to be zero emissions by 2040. The UK also becomes the first country to commit to phasing out new, non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035.
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But Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), has called for greater clarity and proper investment to make this all work: “Whilst we fully support the Government’s efforts and continue to work hard alongside our business members to decarbonise transport, we must highlight that greater investments and further clarity will be needed within the HGV sector,” says Robinson.
“Meeting the 2035 and 2040 targets will be challenging primarily due to the lack of strategy and direction on what technology will represent a viable alternative to diesel and compressed natural gas for trucks.
“The 2035 cut-off date for trucks below 26 tonnes is concerning as, without a clear plan, it could push buyers onto heavier trucks over 26 tonnes for an additional five years.
“We look forward to working with the Government to discuss how to best overcome the important, practical obstacles facing the decarbonisation of the HGV sector”.