Asset Alliance report looks at cost of clean air

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The majority of operators would consider moving on from a client if the introduction of a clean air zone or low emission zone meant that doing business with them would no longer be cost effective, according to the findings of the Asset Alliance Industry Monitor 2019.

This report– now in its second year – surveyed the readers of Commercial Motor and Motor Transport comprising MDs, owners and senior managers at road transport operators across the UK and found that 57% would move on from customers due to the financial impact of urban environmental legislation.

Only 23% showed a degree of client loyalty saying that they would remain with clients no matter what the cost of clean air compliance would be.

With the London Ultra Low Emission Zone having gone live on 8 April, and Birmingham and Leeds set to follow with a clean air zone on 1 and 6 January 2020 respectively, the pressures to comply with a minimum standard of Euro-6 or face punitive fines are at the forefront of operational issues.

Some 60% of those surveyed said that the purchase of complaint vehicles was having a detrimental effect on the cost of doing business in such zones, while 59% said local authorities had not been effective in communicating their plans.

The 20-page report looks at the shape and size of O-licence holders in the UK and their predictions for financial performance in 2019. It also analyses buying patterns among UK operators and the impact that low emission and clean air zones are having on fleet purchases. It also features a four-page guide to the alternative fuel ranges of all major truck manufacturers.

You can pick up a copy of the report on the Asset Alliance stand (5D90) or download it at assetalliancegroup.co.uk.

Gray & Adams displays the breadth of its portfolio at the CV Show

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Dominating Gray & Adams’ stand (3D60) is a 44-pallet lifting-deck trailer in a livery celebrating the 25th anniversary of customer Culina Group.

Alongside is an 18-tonner built for Creed Foodservice. As well as its wind-cheating 7.7m body and pallet-width nearside sliding, the DAF LF cab incorporates additional glazing to improve driver visibility.

The truck employs a low-emission Carrier Transicold TRS multi-temperature refrigeration system. Other features of the body include a movable mattress bulkhead which provides for flexible, horizontal division of the load area for the transportation of frozen and chilled/ambient product, a BlueSeal air curtain by Brightec to maintain temperature integrity, and a 1,500kg flat platform Dhollandia tail-lift.

“The three pieces of equipment we’re presenting demonstrate the range of our capabilities, and the breadth of our customer portfolio” Peter Gray, joint MD, Gray & Adams

Visitors to the CV Show 2019 may have seen that outside the NEC, Gray & Adams has a 13.6m single-deck trailer with electric rear shutter door, in the colours of Spar distributor James Hall.