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Aruba, August 1, 2014 - The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has welcomed the Mayor of London’s plans for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “London has to clean up its act, and the Mayor’s proposals for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone by 2020 will make a massive contribution.”
Under the current proposals, which are still subject to a full consultation, drivers of older diesel and petrol vehicles would be subject to a ULEZ charge on top of the congestion charge to travel in central London.
Petrol and diesel vehicles would need to meet the Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standards respectively to be exempt from the proposed ULEZ charge.
Fleet News first revealed the Mayor's plans for an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April.
Keaney added: “Diesel vehicles are popular because they have provided millions of consumers and businesses with fuel-efficient motoring.
“Unfortunately, diesel particulate filters are not as effective in congested, slow-moving urban traffic, but the new Euro 6 diesel engine standard will address this issue.”
Diana Raine, European business manager at Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, also welcomed the ULEZ plan.
She said: “This manifesto will be key in encouraging the use of cleaner, greener fuels to reduce air pollution and protect the nation’s health.
“Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water at the point of use, and the technology is proven and ready to be used now.
"It is not a fuel of the future, it is a fuel for today and, with the right support, it has the potential to de-carbonise the transport sector, with little sacrifice to transport performance.