Called LoCITY, the five-year scheme aims to increase the uptake of low-emission vans and lorries – in part by ceating new operating standards and contractual clauses.
TfL says it will also demonstrate, through real-world trials and research, that cleaner vehicles do not negatively impact operations – although the announcement is short on detail and no additional funding is mentioned.
“Over the next five years, LoCITY will begin improving London’s air quality by encouraging the take up of low-emission vehicles,” says Londons transport commissioner Mike Brown.
“We’re working with vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and the industry to make these vehicles a realistic choice for operators.”
Figures show 85% of London’s goods are transported by road, with freight making up 17% of the capital’s traffic.
“Together we can improve London’s air quality, and by supporting the freight sector – which is essential for our city to function – we will have a real impact,” adds Brown.
He cites CLOCS as an example of how a “collaborative industry-led approach works”.
“Many lorries of the highest safety standards are now in use... LoCITY will help the industry as a whole continue to develop, while delivering a cleaner London.”
LoCITY is being billed as have three key goals: to increase the availability and affordability of low-emission vans and lorries; to improve the infrastructure for alternative fuels; and to improve policies, procurement and land use planning to boost the viability of low-emission vans and trucks.
The world’s first ultra low emission zone comes into force in London in 2020. It is expected to almost halve emissions of NOx and particulate matter from vehicle exhausts.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, says: “LoCITY will form part of a series of strong measures I’m delivering to tackle air quality and safe guard the health and well-being of Londoners, but I’m fully aware much more needs to be done. Helping the freight industry is key to the success of the ultra low emission zone.”