Construction firms in the dark over clean air zones

Grant Prior 5 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

Prater lands Woking roof package from McAlpine

Building envelope specialist lands another deal at £500m development
4 days ago
Prater

ACO launches new grease-busting range for commercial kitchens

New drainage range can also prevent sewer fatbergs

WJ wins roadmarking deal for Highways England Area 10

Latest success will see specialist work with Amey
1 week ago
WJ Group

J S Wright lands £3m M&E package from Galliard Homes

Specialist to help fit-out 191 apartments in west London
2 weeks ago
J S Wright & Co Ltd

SD Sealant’s tiling division wins major resi package

Specialist secures win on luxury housing estate in Gloucestershire
2 weeks ago

Nixon Hire buys portable toilet division of Elliott

Loohire business gets new owners
2 weeks ago
Nixon Hire

M O’Brien enters vacuum excavator market

Plant hire firm now offers alternative to traditional digging
2 weeks ago

Prater boosts Midlands presence with new Birmingham office

Envelope specialist continues to grow its regional network
2 weeks ago
Prater

Earthworks package for Mick George at giant campus

Work will pave way for education facilities at major Cambridgeshire development
3 weeks ago
Mick George Ltd

Aberla lands £8m M&E deal at Salford towers

Specialist division bags biggest contract to date
3 weeks ago

Book places now on free JSP safety seminars

PPE giant offering advice on respiratory and head protection
3 weeks ago
JSP Ltd

Vital Energi lands £3.8m package from Berkeley

Major M&E infrastructure deal at west London site
4 weeks ago

Carey wins £16m Stratford Waterfront civils package

Cladding and mechanical packages will come up for bid in next three months
1 month ago

M O’Brien goes green with hybrid excavators

Hire giant boosts its fleet with Kobelco machines
1 month ago

Staticus lands latest facade deal in Salford

Lithuanian specialist bags major package at Two New Bailey Square office scheme
1 month ago

Willmott Dixon wants suppliers to join industry image body

Suppliers encouraged to pay to join Considerate Constructors Scheme
1 month ago

PERI boosts BIM-compliant formwork range

More products now available online
1 month ago

Vital Energi lands £2.3m deal on Redrow site

Specialist to supply energy scheme at Southall site
2 months ago

Biosite buys site manager app specialist

Acquisition of Construct Technology broadens Biosite's industry range
2 months ago

BakerHicks to direct Coventry theatre revamp

Design and engineering specialist lands Belgrade Theatre role
2 months ago
BakerHicks

Plantworx on track for a show sell-out

Plant industry backs trade show with record stand sales
2 months ago

Mick George lands Triton Knoll earthworks deal

Package win from Murphy at £2bn offshore wind farm scheme
2 months ago
Mick George Ltd

Keltbray uses zero cement concrete on Taylor Wimpey site

Specialist uses ultra-low carbon alternative to traditional cement concrete.
2 months ago

Fold flat masks from JSP are sprung for the perfect fit

New range fits in your pocket when not in use
2 months ago
JSP Ltd

JP Concrete tested on Bouygues university site

Specialist has to be flexible as designs change at Keele University
2 months ago
JP Concrete

Alfresco Floors hits right note at Royal Opera House

New decking area overlooks Covent Garden
2 months ago
Alfresco Floors

Russell wins £1m roof tile deal on Lovell MoD job

Supplier lands its biggest single order in five years for army housing job
3 months ago

SES lands £8.2m M&E package at Viridor waste plant

Specialist to start work alongside Clugston in January
3 months ago

Traffic specialist Amberon buys highways barrier firm

Traffic management specialist boosts presence in barriers market
3 months ago

Vertase finally lands Bristol clean-up permit

Dealing with the Environment Agency was "excruciatingly slow and frustrating"
3 months ago
Vertase FLI Limited

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