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HGV Mileage Survey for ULET

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In 2018, the UK Government published its “Road to Zero” strategy paper for road transport. One of the commitments made was to “reduce emissions from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and road freight by working with industry to develop an ultra-low emission standard for trucks”.

The intention is that these ULET definitions will help to provide clarity on emission standards and encourage industry-focused technology development in pursuit of cost-effective, fuel-efficient new vehicles. In the bus market, such standards (ULEBs) have already been developed and have helped, along with linked financial incentives, to dramatically improve the adoption of next-generation vehicle technologies.

In the car and van markets, ULEV standards have had similar effects and have been used in a variety of ways, e.g. preferential access to urban areas, VED reductions and free parking. It is hoped that ULET standards could be used in a similarly wide variety of ways, in line with overall climate targets.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has tasked the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) with turning this commitment into a set of detailed proposals. As part of this work, we have produced an on-line survey for HGV operators.

By answering the questions in this survey, HGV operators (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight) will help to ensure our ULET proposals are firmly grounded in operational realities. You will also be ensuring that the standards are designed to deliver the most cost-effective solutions to your business, that maximise fuel and emissions savings and make good economic sense.

The survey questions seek your views on what proportion of a truck’s distances travelled are typically on city, urban, regional or motorway type roads, and how those proportions vary by size and weight of HGV. Existing government statistics suggest, for example, that 2-axle rigid HGVs of below 12 tonnes GVW typically do about 15% of their miles in city centre type operations, 25% in urban delivery and that the other 60% of their miles are split fairly evenly between regional and long haul (motorway).

For artics, on the other hand, those same statistics suggest it’s more like 70% of miles on long-haul, 20% on regional delivery and only the remaining 10% split between urban and city-centre operations. But how well do such estimates align with your fleet?

To complete the survey, please follow this link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LowCVP_HGV19

Take the HGV Mileage Survey

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