On the back of the UK government’s proposals to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, experts from within the logistics industry have voiced their opinions on what the new measures will mean for efforts to convert heavy duty vehicles into a more environmentally friendly version.
In SHD Logistics’ upcoming September issue, industry experts from British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), AvantiGas and the Freight Transport Association share their opinions on the implications of Wednesday’s announcement.
BITA technical director David Goss said the development of industrial trucks could lead to efficient technology being filtered down to other sectors such as the fork-lift truck (FLT) market.
“With the Government now driving investment into volume production and infrastructure support the FLT industry is well placed to benefit from the development of battery technology and alternative fuels,” he said.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) supplier AvantiGas said that the industry doesn’t need to wait until 2040 for sustainable resources to be widely deployed by current diesel FLT fleet operators. “Switching to LPG benefits the immediate environment for staff as well as the wider environment, so the impact on people working with FLTs is immediate,” the company said.
Freight Transport Association director of UK Policy Elizabeth de Jong said: “Uncertainty will hurt industry – FTA understands we won’t know where lorries and vans will be restricted until next year, giving only a year for businesses to plan their fleets, leaving many with potentially large bills on top of rising operating costs in a difficult trading environment.”
*Read the SHD Logistics September issue for further opinion from experts including Doosan and BITA, and a preview of this year’s The Logistics Awards.