Transline Group has sent the following open letter to seek clarity on the future of diesel in the UK and reassurances for the UK’s logistics sector following the VW emissions scandal. Transline is responsible for placing thousands of workers throughout the sector.
Dear Secretary of State for Transport; Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP
Following apologies about the diesel emissions scandal from the Volkswagen UK Managing Director this week, we are writing to seek clarity about what this incident means for the future of the UK’s logistics sector.
For decades, the logistics sector has invested in diesel vehicles, believing these to be the most efficient and effective in terms of lower carbon emissions.
There is now speculation about the carbon emissions performance of diesel and concerns that this fuel type could face higher emissions taxation in the future. This would mean increased operating costs for the UK’s storage, handling and distribution operators, putting even greater pressure on already lean organisations with shrinking margins.
Although we welcomed this year’s freeze in fuel duty, UK operators are faced with some of the highest fuel duties across Europe. These costs sit heavily on company balance sheets and play an instrumental part in shaping business planning and cash flow forecasts. This ultimately affects investment, sector growth and job creation.
Taking these factors into account, Government guidance on the future of diesel in the UK would prove beneficial for thousands of businesses across the country. Clarity is needed in terms of any changes to emissions taxes, duties leading to higher prices at the pump and potential diesel-related congestion charging.
We are well aware that the Government is committed to a productivity plan geared towards creating a more prosperous nation and a road investment strategy to keep the economy growing. Taking the diesel furore into account, we now need to hear from the Government about the future of diesel in the UK and safeguards to protect the investment that logistics companies have made in this fuel over recent decades.
Jon Taylor and Paul Beasley
Founders of Transline Group