BVRLA outlines its air quality strategy

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has outlined its strategy for tackling road transport’s impact on UK air quality.

In response to the government’s recent UK Air Quality Plan, the BVRLA has urged policymakers to move from consultation to action as soon as possible.

The association is calling for a “carefully blended combination of incentives and restrictions” that encourage more sustainable travel behaviour but don’t punish people for decisions that have already been made based on previous government policy.

Chief executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “BVRLA members fully appreciate the urgent need to address air pollution in the UK, which requires a change in the way we travel and the vehicles we use.

“Our sector has enormous buying power and provides advice to thousands and thousands of drivers and fleet operators. If the government can deliver the right tax regime, incentives and guidance, we can have a huge impact in improving air quality across the country.”

The BVRLA has called on the government to implement a number of changes which include providing a comprehensive set of Clean Air Zone guidance; working with the BVRLA in developing a campaign to promote vehicle rental, leasing, and car clubs; and providing industry with confidence in the Euro 6 standards by legislating to ensure all compliant vehicles may be operated across the UK without additional cost or restrictions.

The BVRLA has also published a new Fleet Air Quality Factsheet and two video guides to air quality and emissions regulations to coincide with the launch of National Clean Air Day The factsheet provides an at-a-glance guide to the emissions credentials of BVRLA member fleets, as well as offering some guidance on current Clean Air Zone plans for the UK.

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