LowCVP’s Good Practice Guide outlines a wide variety of policies and measures local authorities can adopt to stimulate uptake of low emission light duty vehicles, notably cars, vans and taxis in towns and cities. The guide outlines examples of best practice from across the UK and internationally. Local measures play an important role in establishing incentives to encourage the purchase of low emission vehicles. These can be financial and time related, improving the provision of information on the operational capabilities as well as the financial and environmental benefits of different types of fuels and technologies whilst facilitating the development of infrastructure required for electric, natural gas, biomethane, LPG and hydrogen vehicles, restricting access to certain areas unless cleaner vehicles are in use and setting strict procurement standards for local authorities’ own fleet and their contracts requiring the use of cleaner vehicles.
This year’s work activity will focus on disseminating the guide in partnership with various local authority stakeholders.
Download the Good Practice Guide
To organise a series of workshops and webinars to raise awareness about the guide with local authorities across the UK
To promote the guide at national conferences and events linked with air quality and sustainable transport.
To create a dedicated webpages on LowCVP’s website showcasing the guide and presenting case studies.
Organise three local authority workshops – July (York), November (Sheffield) 2015 and February 2016.
Organise two webinars to promote the guide – September 2015 and January 2016.
Attend relevant conferences/events to promote the guide.
Related News - Go Ultra Low Cities
The Go Ultra Low Cities competition has been designed to accelerate the evolution to a low carbon transport system through a variety of supporting measures which will assist both the public and the business community in realising the benefits of electric vehicles. The following city schemes describe measures that will make it easier to charge and operate electric vehicles:
London has been awarded £13 million to create ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, prioritising ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in several boroughs across the capital. Proposals include over a dozen streets in Hackney going electric, with charging infrastructures such as car-charging street lighting; while Harrow will develop a Low Emission Zone, offering parking and traffic priority to owners of plug-in vehicles.
Milton Keynes will receive £9 million to open a city centre Electric Vehicle Experience Centre – a ‘one-stop-shop’ providing consumer advice and short-term vehicles loans. The city also proposes to open up all of its 20,000 parking bays for free to electric vehicles, and will co-brand bus lanes as ‘Low Emission Lanes’, giving plug-in vehicles the same priority at traffic lights as local buses.
Bristol will get £7 million to offer free residential parking for ULEVs, over 80 rapid and fast chargers across the city, and a scheme encouraging people to lease a plug-in car for up to four weeks – helping them to better understand the range of benefits that electric vehicles bring.
Nottinghamshire and Derby will use £6 million of funding to install 230 charge points and will offer ULEV owners discount parking, as well as access to over 13 miles of bus lanes along key routes across the cities. The investment will also pay for a new business support programme, letting local companies ‘try before they buy’.
Low Emission Cities Workshop Resources
The Low Emission Cities Workshop series is aimed at informing local authorities about the best practice measures, initiatives and tools available to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles within their respective regions. The workshop combines quantitative technology examples from real world vehicle operators with qualitative best practice schemes and knowledge sharing that helps delegates understand critical elements for LEV uptake such as whole life costing/saving and fit for purpose technologies.
Downloadable pdf copies of the presentations are available below.
6th July, York City Council
18th November, Sheffield City Council
Dissemination and communications:
Work in partnership with PTEGs, the GLA, London Councils, the DfT , Transport Scotland and various local authorities nationally to raise awareness about the guide.
May 2015 – March 2016