The BVRLA was present at the unveiling of the Road to Zero Strategy today.
The Strategy, which is built around a mission to see all new cars and vans being zero emission by 2040, was unveiled by Transport Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, who is looking to industry to help realise these ambitions: “We expect this transition to be industry and consumer led, supported in the coming years by the measures set out in this strategy. We will review progress by 2025 and consider what interventions are required if not enough progress is being made.”
The BVRLA has responded by welcoming the £400 million investment into charging infrastructure and the commitment to ‘provide a uniform method of accessing public charge points’.
The association is also pleased to see acknowledgement of the company car market in the strategy, which includes a commitment to ‘take steps to accelerate the adoption of fuel-efficient motoring by company car drivers, businesses operating fleets, and private motorists’ and would like to understand exactly what 'steps' government intends to take.
Commenting on the report, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said:
“We welcome the Road to Zero strategy and will continue to work with government to demonstrate the importance of our sector on this journey to zero-emission motoring. BVRLA members have a critical role to play in delivering the government’s air quality ambitions due to the number of vehicles they purchase each year and the frequency of their replacement cycles.