The march towards net-zero is gaining pace with the Government announcing ambitious plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. BVRLA members are at the forefront of this change, as the purchasers of an estimated 80% of all battery electric vehicles sold in the UK in 2019. The destiny of road transport decarbonisation rests in the hands of the fleet sector.
BVRLA members have embraced the challenge of transport decarbonisation and many have introduced internal ambitions for zero-emission fleets far in advance of the Governments previous 2040 phase out target.
However; one date will not fit all, there can be no single date for phase out of all new internal combustion engine vehicle sales. Every part of the fleet sector is committed to decarbonising, but some face a much harder challenge than others. Viewing the market as a single entity is simple but won’t work.
Alongside side this shift to electric vehicles, flexible, pay-as-you-go car use also offers a sustainable and inclusive decarbonisation option that complements active travel and public transport use by giving people the confidence to give up an older, more polluting, privately-owned car.
The BVRLA's work in this field focuses on three main aims:
3. Supporting the decarbonisation of Commercial Vehicles