NOx emissions tax for haulage industry not in-line with figures says RHA
The RHA (Road Haulage Association) has recently looked closely at the figures produced by the government on emissions, and the results are interesting to say the least.
The figures raise the following questions:
Why, would you tax an industry that, according to the statistics only accounts for 7.6% of NOX emissions? Surely these levies are disproportionate to the industry’s contribution to noxious emissions?
Haulage industry working hard to reduce emissions
Since 2013 HGV emissions have been reduced by almost 43% and should by the end of 2021 have fallen by 70% overall. We would expect the government to applaud the effort. Yes there is always room for improvement, and we should not sit back and take no further action, but taxing and taxing an industry is not necessarily the way forward.
Richard Burnett, RHA Chief Executive stated:
“Our industry has made huge progress adopting cleaner air technologies to help reduce emissions, yet the Government and local authorities still attack haulage through punitive policies.
The road user levy, and the premature adoption of clean air zones – some as soon as next year – will punish hauliers who deliver goods to towns and cities, keeping supermarket shelves stocked. And with no retrofit option available, low residuals for Euro V and high prices for second-hand Euro VI, we have to ask how government expects every haulier to have adopted the cleanest trucks so quickly? It is impossible.
Our assessment of the Government’s fleet numbers show that by as early as 2021 the haulage sector will have reduced its NOx emissions by 70 percent in less than a decade even without the introduction of clean air zones. So targeting hauliers and crippling them with huge fines won’t deliver the emissions reductions they claim – it will only increase congestion and emissions when more operators switch to more polluting vans to make urban deliveries instead.
It’s essential that the Government reviews its guidance to local authorities to either delay zone charges until vehicles are 12 years old, or at the very least cap charges for Euro V lorries at £10 per day until 2024.”
Hopefully if the government looks further into it’s own statistics, it will look for a better solution to help the industry and the environment together. At the moment we hope they will look, at least…