London mayor's ultra low emission zone plans are unrealistic, says waste MD

Written by: Jacqueline O’Donovan | Published:
Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, responds to the news that the mayor of London has set 8 April 2019 as the date for the introduction of the ultra low emission zone in the capital.

"By imposing the ultra low emission zone in London, Sadiq Khan is ignoring the fundamental importance of HGVs to the city to deliver the 50,000 homes he has promised," said O'Donovan.

"Khan continues to target the logistics industry as low hanging fruit! How does he plan to grow our city without the vital role we play? Instead, changing the European tachograph rules which restrict the hours local hauliers can work would cut the number of HGVs on London’s roads during rush hour, reducing emissions and improving road safety for all.

"His timeframe is far too ambitious – the average fleet renewal programme is between 7-10 years, so expecting HGV operators to reduce diesel emissions across their entire fleets by 8 April 2019 is extremely misguided. As well as making our fleets redundant, it’s financially impossible for SMEs and the industry needs time to make further changes and adopt new technologies.

"Ultimately, restricted vehicles will be a logistical nightmare and the consumer and taxpayer will end up paying for more expensive homes."

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