Reducing logistics’ impact on the environment has been under the spotlight for a number of years; however, the recent introduction of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London means the industry can no longer afford not to take practical steps to mitigate this.
The positive news is that the logistics sector – and particularly those operating throughout the cold chain – now has a greater understanding of low emission performance than ever before and, backed by the latest innovations in fleet technologies, are taking actionable steps to address the issue.
For those not familiar with the new scheme, in a bid to cut harmful emissions in the capital, Transport for London (TfL) are discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the city centre by introducing a levy in order to use the roads, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A new minimum daily charge of £12.50 will apply for vehicles which fail to meet the minimum emission standards (EUR 6 for diesel and EUR 4 for petrol), with it costing approximately £25 a day to enter the centre of London using an older vehicle. While lorries will be charged up to £100. Such is its scale, the ULEZ is likely to impact an estimated 2.5 million vehicles that drive in the capital each year.
Keeping cool about ULEZ
While the ULEZ has been met by some opposition throughout the logistics industry, at Courier Express, we believe the introduction of government initiatives such as the T-charge are essential in the ongoing fight against urban pollution. That’s why we continue to invest in our fleet to ensure we are ready for the lower emission zone and its likely expansion into other regions of the UK.
By adding five new 19 plate 3.5T multi-temperature to our fleet (adding to two HGVs already in our fleet), our vehicles will not only meet the new standards due to low emissions of between 207 G/KM and 210 G/KM, but also help our customers avoid the £100 surcharge applied to older more polluting vehicles.
Each of our new vehicles integrate modern, temperature sensitive technologies, providing full visibility of temperature-controlled assets throughout the entire journey. While upgraded TRCR 324 12V and ALEX TRCR324 fridge units aid in maintaining the integrity of the produce and ensuring degradation, loss of key stock and ultimately any potential impact on your bottom line is avoided.
The advanced capabilities of the systems on-board also permit the transportation of a combination of frozen, chilled and ambient goods all at the same time. So whether you are seeking foodservice multi-drop, product sampling, specialised temperature sensitive, nationwide backhauling, emergency palletised or pharmaceutical deliveries we can help.
Through continuous investment in our state-of-the-art fleet, we guarantee our customers modern vehicles that safeguard against detrimental breakdowns and the associated repair costs.
If you would like to book a delivery in London, or indeed anywhere across the UK, fill out the ‘Quick Quote’ option on this page or contact us today.
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