O’Donovan Waste Disposal urges Khan to slow down on ULEZ

Hayley Tayler
June 2, 2016

O’Donovan Waste Disposal has asked London mayor Sadiq Khan to give the road transport industry more time to adjust to the tough new emissions rules he plans for the capital.

Khan announced a raft of air quality proposals last week that include bringing forward the planned September 2020 launch date of Europe’s first Ultra-Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) and extending its reach to the North and South Circular roads, requiring all trucks and vans to be Euro-6.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD at Tottenham-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal, said any acceleration in the rollout of the ULEZ will leave little time for operators to plan for the reforms.

“Khan’s clean air revolution will require HGV operators to reduce diesel emissions across their entire fleets, as well as require them to adopt new clean technologies. But this does not happen overnight,” warned O’Donovan.

“It is unfair to place such a strict time limit on these emission plans when we as a business have invested so much time and resources in recent times addressing a key issue for London’s streets – the safety of vulnerable road users.”

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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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