Operators invited to free Edinburgh Clean Air Roadshow on 2 April

Need to find out more about Scottish low emission zones (LEZs)? Then put 2 April 2020 in your diary.

The Scottish Government has committed to introducing LEZs across its four largest cities by the end of this year, while further air quality hotspots areas are expected to follow suit by 2023.

Glasgow was first off the mark, launching its LEZ in 2018 focusing firstly on cleaning up the bus sector, however this will extend to all vehicles by the end of 2022.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s LEZ is rapidly taking shape following public consultation, alongside plans from Aberdeen and Dundee.

To explain how the new regulations will impact on truck operators, our sister titles Motor Transport and Transport News are hosting a special 'Low Emission Zone Roadshow' at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Thursday 2 April 2020.

You’ll hear first-hand the details behind Edinburgh’s LEZ from senior council officials, as well as more about the wider air quality strategy across Scotland from key national representatives.

Clean vehicle technical experts and suppliers will also be on hand as we guide you through the preparation plans for these important new rules.

The half-day roadshow is completely free to attend, but places do fill up quickly so make sure to register today to secure your attendance.

If you’d like to get involved as a speaker, sponsor or exhibitor at the roadshow please contact tim.george@roadtransport.com.

Fleet operators optimistic they will slash own-fleet CO2 emissions 15% by 2025

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Half of operators (49.6%) believe they will slash the CO2 emissions of their fleets by at least 15% by 2025, according to new research by conducted by Commercial Motor, Motor Transport and Fraikin.

While nearly one-fifth (17.4%) believe they will be able to exceed the 15% voluntary CO2 reduction target set to industry by the government in its Road to Zero strategy.

A further 30% felt it unlikely their fleets would succeed in the challenge, while a further one-fifth remained unsure.

However when it came confidence about the wider industry achieving a 15% reduction, operators remained more sceptical.

Nearly half (48.7%) did not think industry would hit the target, with only one-third remaining optimistic and the rest simply unsure at this stage.

The results formed part of a wider industry survey looking at key fleet management trends and challenges, the 'Fraikin Fleet Management Operator Survey', which is free to download on commercialmotor.com.

It looks at key themes including use of telematics and connected technology, uptake of the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme and issues around fleet utilisation and driver recruitment.

“Fraikin’s aim with this report was to develop a deeper understanding of how fleets are reacting to some of the key issues in our sector,” said James Walker, commercial director, Fraikin.

“We pride ourselves on being far more than simply a vehicle supplier and know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve and to truly understand what is driving change in our industry.”