Construction firms in the dark over clean air zones

Grant Prior 7 months ago
Share

Almost a third of construction firms which use vans for work are not aware about plans for Clean Air Zones across the country.

It is less than two years before they could be charged to drive into major cities as councils in Birmingham, Leeds, Derby, and Southampton are finalising plans for CAZs.

But a new survey of 677 businesses which use vans, carried out by independent agency IFF Research, shows:

  • 31% of construction firms do not know about the initiative
  • Of those who were aware, (59%) say the move will affect their businesses, in a survey of 677 businesses which use vans, carried out by independent agency, IFF Research.

The market survey was commissioned by Northgate Vehicle Hire – the largest van rental company in the UK.

Northgate runs around 29,000 vans which are compliant with Euro VI – the highest new standard for vehicle emissions set by the European Commission.

These vans would not be charged to enter new CAZ zones, or existing emissions zones, such as LEZ.

Tim Bailey, Fleet Director of Northgate Vehicle Hire, said: “Vans are critical to the construction trades, so it is worrying that many in industry are not aware of these changes, less than two years before CAZs are due to start.

“Van drivers are facing a perfect storm. Around 99% of vans still run on diesel, which is being hit by increasing fuel prices and taxes.

“Yet for many businesses, new technologies such as electric vehicles just are not ready to meet their needs – seen as unaffordable, or incapable of covering sufficient distances between charges.”

“Construction margins continue to be squeezed and we are already seeing drivers swap van ownership for rental in order to acquire compliant vehicles quickly, and avoid paying CAZ charges altogether,” added Bailey.

“While we support efforts to reduce emissions, we believe that Government needs to find a balance between tackling emissions while supporting Vankind.

“That means not only charging people for driving older vans, but also incentivising people to acquire alternatives, and investing in public transport.”

Latest suppliers & buyers news

Mick George scores latest win at Leicester City training centre

Specialist lands £1.2m deal to supply 6,900m3 of concrete
3 days ago
Mick George Ltd

J S Wright bags £1.3m M&E package from Pollard

Specialist lands deal on Exeter student block
2 weeks ago
J S Wright & Co Ltd

Deanestor lands £4m worth of deals on student blocks

Furniture maker wins packages from Mace in Exeter and Cardiff
2 weeks ago
Deanestor

WJ Group gets local authority seal of approval

Road marking specialist becomes APSE Approved Partner
2 weeks ago
WJ Group

HAKI signs huge scaffolding deal with Enigma

Former Interserve Industrial Services company buys 2,500 tonnes of scaffolding equipment
2 weeks ago
HAKI Ltd

Ernest Park lands key role on £36m micro living job

London firm confirmed as Construction Manager on major Wembley office conversion job
3 weeks ago
Ernest Park Limited

Collett transports giant girders to Vinci M20 job

Six 41 metre girders make journey from Severfield plant in Bolton to motorway site in Kent
3 weeks ago
Collett & Sons Ltd

Online marketplace makes recruiting temp workers easier

TempaGoGo saves time for contractors
3 weeks ago
TempaGoGo

Charles Edward lands Scalpel fit-out deal

Contract win to transform two levels of tower for National Australia Bank
3 weeks ago

Construction Skills People has Euro cash for contractors

Training provider has some good news for industry facing Brexit turmoil
3 weeks ago

BakerHicks boosts site safety with BIM

New Risk Cube encourages sharing of health and safety information
4 weeks ago
BakerHicks

Blu-3 wins cycleway scheme in West Sussex

Infrastructure specialist working with Aone+ for Highways England
4 weeks ago
blu-3 (UK) Limited

Subcontractors wanted for South Coast sites

Work opportunities up for grabs at Meet the Buyer event: Register now
4 weeks ago

Tree planting specialist publishes latest urban guide

Get your latest free guide now from Greenblue Urban
1 month ago
GreenBlue Urban

O’Donovan invests in staff wellbeing programme

Waste specialist implements Dynamo Welfare Project for 165 employees

REL wins M&E package from ISG at Richmond college

Latest win for ISG supply chain partner
1 month ago

JCT puts more contracts online

On demand service makes downloading contract forms easy
1 month ago

Mick George boosts stabilisation business with new kit

£500,000+ investment in latest machines
1 month ago
Mick George Ltd

JSP launches Ridgeback Speed Ramp

Latest addition to traffic management range
1 month ago
JSP Ltd

KONE lands lifts package at Google landscraper

Specialist to provide 38 elevators and two escalators at King's Cross site
1 month ago

Record results for furniture and fit-out specialist Deanestor

Turnover rises by 40% as student accommodation and build-to-rent booms
1 month ago
Deanestor

J & D Pierce lands London City Airport steel deal

Steel specialist bags latest airport job
2 months ago

Stewart Milne signs timber frame deal with L&Q

1,500 home deal is latest phase of Modern Methods of Construction strategy at housing association
2 months ago

Plantworx show unveils “Drone zone”

Fly zone at plant exhibition will showcase latest construction drone technology
2 months ago

Erith lands basement package at Paddington Cube

Specialist continues on £350m site after completing demolition works
2 months ago

British Gypsum plays key role at Queen’s Hall refurb

Supply chain teamwork pays off between manufacturer, distributor and main contractor
2 months ago
British Gypsum

Mick George earthworks deal at historic estate

Specialist helps create new car parks at National Trust site
2 months ago
Mick George Ltd

Prater lands Woking roof package from McAlpine

Building envelope specialist lands another deal at £500m development
2 months ago
Prater

ACO launches new grease-busting range for commercial kitchens

New drainage range can also prevent sewer fatbergs
2 months ago
ACO Building Drainage

WJ wins roadmarking deal for Highways England Area 10

Latest success will see specialist work with Amey
2 months ago
WJ Group

Firm Quick Find

Join Now

Sorry, there was a problem with the details you have entered. Please review the highlighted fields.

Sorry, this email address has already been registered.

Top searches

Contractor services