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Start of the Journey for the ‘Road Transport Emissions Advice Group’

Thu 29 November 2018 | Back to news list

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The rate of change in the UK's road transport sector has accelerated in recent years, driven by the need for decarbonisation and to tackle air pollution. The Government's 'Road to Zero' strategy provides a framework to deliver these ambitions but driving change at the rate required creates challenges in terms of information and consumer understanding if consumers are to come on the journey with industry. The Road Transport Emissions Advice Group (RTEAG) has been set up on behalf of the Department for Transport by the LowCVP to help tackle some of these challenges.

The RTEAG aims to help improve understanding and coordinate the messages, thus smooth the pathway for all the new policies, information and regulations that are coming into play  – such as the new WLTP fuel economy and emission test, new fuels and  labelling, clean air zones and changes to vehicle taxation in 2020.

These initiatives will only be fully effective if consumers have full awareness, understanding and appreciation of the benefits they offer – which has been clearly acknowledged in the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy and which has led to the formation of the RTEAG. The group brings government, industry and consumer groups together to help ensure clear and consistent consumer messages and advice on fuel and technology choices.

 

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is facilitating the group on behalf of DfT. The group aims to play a key role in delivering the objectives outlined. To help shape the approach this might take, an initial scoping meeting was held earlier in November, in advance of the group’s formal launch in January 2019.

For more information or to get involved, please contact the LowCVP Secretariat.



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