If you are concerned about the future of HGVs, then you may be wondering what the diesel scrappage scheme means for them. There are driverless HGVs being trialled in some parts of the UK and Tesla also has a line of completely electric HGVs but the big question that is worrying a lot of people is the diesel scrappage scheme. The government wishes to completely scrap diesel by the year 2040, and this means that diesel vehicles will be removed from our roads for good. So, what does this mean for the haulage industry? Will this impact diesel fleet and HGV qualifications such as CPC training costs?
Diesel and the Environment
The environmental secretary announced this measures as a part of his bid to tackle air pollution. At the moment, the plan is to remove only cars but that doesn’t mean that HGVs are safe – just that the legislation is going for the most impactful thing first. The haulage industry knows that HGVs will attract the attention of the government soon and if the sale of diesel is banned, which it will be from 2040, then this means that haulage companies across the country will need to replace their current fleet of vehicles. Some companies are already doing so in the hopes of getting ahead of any impending ban but others are waiting just in case companies will be compensated for being forced to completely replace their fleets.
Compensation for Switching
There is the possibility that car drivers could be compensated between £1000 and £2000 for the costs of switching from diesel to low emission or electric vehicles. Right now, electric HGVs aren’t on general sale and there aren’t enough of them in operation on the roads for a haulage company to be able to realistically assess the costs of running them, or whether there are logistics issues that they would need to take into account so it’s easy to understand why they aren’t enthusiastic about the switch. In the hopes of encouraging a switch, van drivers are being promised that they will be able to drive heavier vehicles if they switch to lower emission models but this is just a stop-gap solution and it doesn’t really cover all the issues with HGVs.
There Is Still Time
Diesel vehicles haven’t been banned yet, but there are attempts being made to push drivers to switch with new T-Charges (toxicity charges) and with extra parking and road use charges. However, that’s not going to be a fast-acting way of getting people to change. The old idea of encouraging people to use diesel because it was emission friendly (popularised by Blair) is still fresh in people’s minds and it’s going to be hard work to get people to understand that diesel has worse problems of its own.
There are no hard details about the diesel scrappage scheme yet. However, it is in the consultation phase at the moment, and there will doubtless be a lot of media attention being put towards the diesel haulage issues over the coming years. If you want to make your vehicles more environmentally friendly, then it’s a good idea to start your research now. But hold fire on shelling out for any new vehicles until you’re sure that you won’t be missing out on any nice discounts or incentives to change over – unless, of course, there’s a pressing need to make changes to your fleet right now, or you can do so cheaply.