The Government’s focus on demanding the early retirement of Euro V lorries is misguided says the Road Haulage Association. Currently, no retro-fit is available for lorries until 2019 – if ever.
Government has failed to take account of the fact that without a scrappage or a viable retro-fit scheme, air quality cannot be improved.
The RHA estimates that it would cost about £2.25bn to retro-fit the UK Euro V lorry fleet by the end of 2020 and has called for a phased approach in clean air zones for lorries to focus on the older, pre-Euro V vehicles.
Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “By the end of 2020 approximately one quarter of the UK lorry fleet will be Euro V – that’s 126 thousand HGVs. With only just over 50% of the fleet being Euro VI by the end of 2020, the use of Euro V and earlier vehicles will be unavoidable if we are to keep the shelves stocked and food on the table”.
The RHA proposal for phasing in clean air zones is available here