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Diesels proven to be as clean as petrol models

March 19, 2019

New diesels proven to be as clean as petrol models 

The latest diesel cars emit significantly less nitrogen oxide (NOx) than the upcoming Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2), according to new research. Stringent testing by automobile club ADAC shows that some diesel cars emit almost no NOx, during on-road testing – suggesting the latest models are as clean as their petrol counterparts. In January 2020, tougher RDE2 rules will be introduced, requiring all new models launched to achieve 80mg/km or less (60mg/km for petrol). This will be a part of Euro 6d.A conformity factor for the on-road test will be allowed, meaning the actual limit is 114mg/km for diesels and 86mg/km for petrol’s – significantly higher than any of the vehicles tested by ADAC.A year later, in January 2021, all cars sold must achieve the more stringent figures. The conformity factor will be removed by 2023. Current rules (RDE) require diesel cars to emit no more than 168mg/km of NOx. Under the current company car tax rules, diesel vehicles that achieve RDE2 will not require the 4% diesel surcharge to be included in a driver’s benefit-in-kind tax. Van scrappage scheme offers £6k towards new electric model

Van scrappage scheme offers £6k towards new electric model 

Micro-businesses and charities in London will be offered £6,000 to buy an electric van or £3,500 towards funding cleaner alternatives such as rental. The van scrappage scheme, which opened, February 22, aims to help micro-businesses and charities prepare for the 24-hour, seven-days-a week ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in central London from April 8. The Government already offer grants to cover the capital cost of electric vans. These grants reduce the cost of an electric van by up to 20% or a maximum of £8,000. Before any discounts are taken into account an electric Renault Kangoo 33kWh Business Van cost approximately £24,730, a Nissan e-NV200 Visia £27,400, a Renault Master ZE SWB Business Van £54,930, and a LDV EV80 Van £62,500. The Mayor’s £23 million van scrappage scheme has been designed to complement the plug-in van grant and aims to help microbusinesses – defined as those with 10 or fewer employees – and registered charities who have vans and minibuses that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards. Operators running vehicles that don’t meet the Euro 4 standard for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles and Euro 6 for diesel versions of these vehicles, will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London from April 8. To qualify for the van scrappage scheme, businesses and charities will have to be registered in London or have entered the existing Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) 52 times in the past six months and provide a certificate of destruction for a non-compliant vehicle.
Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA), believes that vehicle rental, leasing and car club industry will play a vital role in delivering the transition to cleaner urban transport. He said: “We are delighted to see some of our members stepping-up to pledge their own support for the Mayor’s scrappage scheme. “This initiative will provide vital and timely assistance for SME’s that need to upgrade their vans ahead of the London ULEZ being introduced on 8th April. “London has set an ambitious timeline for its clean air zone and the Mayor has recognised the fact that some businesses will need financial support in upgrading their vehicles. “We welcome the leadership he has shown in calling for a national scrappage fund that can be used to help urban businesses and residents switch to cleaner vehicles or other modes of transport.” With road transport responsible for around half of air pollutants, the Central London ULEZ aims to reduce toxic emissions in central London by around 45% by 2020, together with measures to clean up taxis and buses. Operators can apply for the scheme online at 

Transport Committee launches inquiry into Government’s road safety strategy

The Transport Committee is launching an inquiry to scrutinise the Government’s approach to road safety, which was last set out in its 2015 road safety statement. The inquiry will investigate which changes would be most effective at reducing the number and severity of road traffic accidents. Despite a reduction of more than 40% percent in the number of fatal road traffic accidents from 2007-2012, there has been no reduction over the last five years. Launching the inquiry, chair of the Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, said: “In 2017, almost 1800 people died in road traffic accidents on the UK’s roads. While there are far fewer fatalities than there were in 2007, that figure is still too high, and hasn’t fallen at all in the last five years. “We want to know what should be done to bring down the number of accidents.  We are keen to hear from everyone who feels our roads could be safer and has ideas on how to make it happen. “Are you a road safety campaigner or a road user group? A local authority? Do you run a business which employs drivers? Or do you see your children off to school with concerns about their journey? We want to know what you think. Tell us how to make our roads safer. This could be anything from the use of technology to make cars and roads safer, to road safety around schools. 

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