From the 1st April 2009 bus operators using LCEBs can claim a supplementary BSOG rate intended to ensure companies operating these vehicles receive an equivalent amount to what they would have received if they were operating a normal diesel bus.
For companies operating eligible LCEBs before 1 April 2009, the LCEB incentive can be claimed on the first certified claim after 1 April 2009. Although only kilometres operated from 1 April 2009 onwards will be eligible. While companies which start using a LCEB after 1 April 2009, the LCEB incentive can be claimed on the first certified claim after the vehicle starts operating.
The LCEB incentive provides an additional payment of 6p per kilometre will be paid for all eligible kilometres (including dead kilometres) operated by LCEBs from 1 April 2009. This is in addtion to the normal BSOG payment.
A LCEB is a bus which the manufacturer has certified as being able to achieve the LCEB target for GHGs, which is equivalent to a 30% reduction in its GHGs compared to a current Euro 3 diesel bus of the same total passenger capacity.
The vehicle manufacture will issue the operator with a certificate with each LCEB purchased. This will certify the vehicle as a LCEB based upon an independently witnessed emission test of a vehicle of the same type.
The LCEB incentive payment is in addition to the normal BSOG payment. Bus operators claiming the LCEB incentive should continue to claim BSOG for LCEBs as normal - all details should continue to be included in their certified claim forms in the same way as for non LCEBs. In addition, an operator claiming the LCEB incentive should also submit an additional form, available from the BSOG administration team.
This additional claim form requires an operator to:
Provide a list of all the LCEB buses which it has operated during the claim period
Provide a copy of the certificate showing the type of the vehicle and its registration for each vehicle listed.
Provide the total kilometres operated during the claim period for each vehicle listed
Provide the total litres and fuel type used during the claim period for each vehicle listed.
Where a vehicle qualifies as a LCEB by using biogas, additionally provide data on the source of the biogas.
The LCEB BSOG Incentive claim form is available from the Department for
Transport's BSOG Administration team at the following address:
Department for Transport
Room F14, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea