UK industry group critical of new truck scrappage scheme

Road Haulage Association says clean air scheme unfair

The UK Government has launched a new scheme that will see operators of older trucks charged a fine if they enter cities and towns.

The government says the scheme will not only help clean up the air in built-up areas, but it will also work to encourage operators to trade-in older trucks (Euro V or below) on newer and cleaner ones.

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But the truck industry body, the Road Haulage Association (RHA), isn’t happy with the plan.

There are concerns that different towns and cities will have different policies and different fines, including London where a new £100 fine for non-compliant trucks will be introduced next year.

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett says the government should instead work with the road transport industry to come up with a scheme that is fair, and that will work.

“The situation now is that different towns and cities could have different policies, and fines, for different lorries delivering into them.

“That could hit businesses hard and leave the logistics trade confused with multiple standards and rules.

“And London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone could make it uneconomical to deliver to the capital.

“That means more vans, which means more congestion and more pollution.”

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Should the Australian government being doing more to encourage the shift to a newer truck fleet? Are penalties like the UK scheme the best way to go? Or should the government offer enticements for operators to trade-up?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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