BCA is to host a sale of vehicles appropriate for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) at BCA Blackbushe.
The multiple vendor event is to be held on 12 March in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), and will only feature Euro 6 compliant or electric/hybrid vehicles that can enter the ULEZ without charge.
More than 200 vehicles will be on offer in a variety of configurations including long wheel based, medium wheel based, and car-derived vans.
The world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone launches in London on 8 April and will operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The 24-hour ULEZ regulations will replace the T-Charge to tighten standards and deter the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. It is expected the new regulations will affect up to 60,000 vehicles a day.
LCV operators will face two ULEZ charge levels, £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for HGVs, buses and coaches. The charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge (C-Charge), meaning higher polluting cars and vans will pay £24 per day and HGVs will pay £111.50 during C-Charge hours.
The new regulations will charge any vehicle not meeting Euro 6 standard for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles.
Jon Gilbert, business development director of commercial vehicles at BCA said: “This unique event in partnership with TfL aims to provide LCV operators with the vehicles they need to manage the changes from the introduction of the ULEZ zone. The sale will feature a wide variety of vehicles to meet a diverse range of requirements.”
“BCA’s scale in delivering the largest LCV remarketing programme in the country provides an excellent platform for TfL to spread the message regarding ULEZ. Research shows that nearly a third of all operators entering the zone are either not aware of its implementation or unprepared for the launch. We are delighted that TfL will be on-site to advise operators about the changes.”
Road transport emissions in central London are expected to reduce by an additional 20% in 2019 as a result of the early introduction of the ULEZ, while NOx emissions from HGVs are expected to decrease by nearly 50%.
Alex Williams, Transport for London’s director of city planning, said: “Air pollution is a public health crisis and we are committed to tackling it. It is great to see that BCA are helping businesses to prepare for the arrival of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) by selling and encouraging upgrades to Euro 6 or electric vehicles in advance of the start date of 8 April 2019.
“We are also finalising a £23m van scrappage scheme, which will help micro businesses replace their polluting vans with new cleaner ones.”
Last November, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) co-hosted an event with TfL to explore the impact of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone on van users and fleet management companies operating in London.