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Lease cars are some of the greenest as three quarters (75%) already comply with Clean Air Zones (CAZ) more than a year before the zones begin operating.

The car hire market achieved an even higher score with 94% of rental vehicles complying. In contrast, findings in the BVRLA’s Fleet Sustainability Credentials report, show only 57% of average UK cars meet CAZ emission requirements.

From January 2020 cities across the UK will implement Clean Air Zones as part of plans to tackle illegal levels of pollution.

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA said: “These figures show in no uncertain terms that our sector offers the fastest route to clean air in our urban areas.

 “Our members offer a range of flexible and affordable solutions for every application and stand ready to assist individuals and businesses that are looking to replace older, more polluting vehicles with cleaner and greener options.”

Lease vans also scored highly. Only 13% of the UK van fleet is currently CAZ-compliant, compared to over a third (37%) of all leased vans and over half (56%) of the rental van fleet.

The BVRLA and its members have worked with local transport policymakers in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Derby and Nottingham in helping devise fleet-focussed air quality plans.

Earlier this year, the government asked a further 23 local authorities to formulate plans to tackle local air pollution.

These plans could include the creation of several extra CAZs, with full proposals due to be submitted in December 2018.

The BVRLA has written to all 23 authorities reaffirming its commitment to working collaboratively to ensure air quality plans are proportionate and effective.

Keaney, added: “In our letters to the local authorities we explain the wealth of knowledge and experience that we can put at their disposal, with our members being able to represent the views of both small and large, as well as local and national fleet operators. We all want to see fewer, cleaner vehicles used in cities, and the best chance of delivering this new vision of urban mobility will come from working together.”

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Posted on 22nd October 2018 at 11:29 AM

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