O'Donovan Waste Disposal MD labels accelerating London ULEZ plans 'financially impossible'

Sadiq Khan’s plan for bringing forward London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to April 2019 is “extremely misguided”, according to the MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal.

Jacqueline O’Donovan says the short timescale not only makes it “financially impossible” for SMEs to upgrade their fleets, but will also stifle London’s growth. “Khan continues to target the logistics industry as low-hanging fruit,” she said. “How does he plan to grow our city without the vital role we play?”

O’Donovan added: “His timeframe is far too ambitious - the average fleet renewal programme is between 7-10 years, so expecting HGV operators to reduce diesel emissions across their entire fleets by 8 April 2019 is extremely misguided.”

Instead of the ULEZ, O’Donovan reiterated her call to government to change EU tachograph rules for drivers on local urban delivery routes. This, she believes, would reduce the number of HGVs on London’s roads during rush hour, therefore reducing emissions and improving road safety.

Both the FTA and RHA have warned that London’s ULEZ will severely disadvantage - or even bankrupt - operators working in the city when it begins in 2019.