DPD calls for urgent action to increase EV numbers
Parcel giant DPD has called on operators, manufacturers and the Government to come together and take “urgent action” to help increase the uptake of EVs in the UK.
Its call for action follows on from a report it issued and recommendations include:
- The government should streamline and remove bureaucracy from the registration process of alternative fuel new to market vehicles to improve fleet uptake.
- OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) should open the plug-in grant schemes to a wider range of vehicles, increasing its flexibility and support for organisations which are seeking methods to support delivery of the Road to Zero strategy.
- Policy makers must ensure that policy reflects the current technology available and does not regulate in a way that is undeliverable because of the speed of manufacturer vehicle development.
- · Policy makers must make clean air, ULEV and zero emission zone standards consistent and not create local policies that create uncertainty and unnecessary challenges for operators.
- · Manufacturers must increase the supply of economically viable right-hand drive 3.5t electric vehicles to the UK market.
“The decarbonisation of transport fleets is challenging, both operationally and financially. DPD has already made large financial commitments to purchase commercial electric vehicles and change operating models to help reduce emissions and congestion for the benefit of the society we live in. But it isn’t happening fast enough, so we need to remove the barriers that are slowing the pace of change. We want to invest but we can’t get the vehicles we need fast enough, while warehousing and distribution space is being pushed out of our city centres and there is limited financial support for new and innovation green vehicles,” said Dwain McDonald, DPD CEO.
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