24.3.2021 | Logistics

Logistics UK responds to grant reduction

“Disappointing changes” announced to truck, van and car plug-in grants.

Speaking about last Thursday’s (18th March) government announcement on a reduction in the government’s plug-in car, van and truck grant, Logistics UK’s Head of Public Policy Michelle Gardner said:

“Switching to zero and ultra-low emission vehicles is an important focus for the logistics industry, as it works to achieve the government’s zero emissions target by 2050. It is therefore disappointing to see the changes announced today to the government’s plug-in car, van and truck grants, which have been reduced for the vast majority of available models. Logistics UK’s members are committed to making the switch to alternatively fuelled vehicles, but with the market still to reach maturity, options are limited for operators and reducing the financial support will hinder this transition. After the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable operators to make a change within the lifecycle of their normal vehicle, it is imperative that government lays out a clear policy road map to enable operators to invest confidently while encouraging manufacturers to develop and launch a wider range of suitable vehicles.”

Source: Logistics UK (formerly the FTA)