What Does the Diesel Scrappage Scheme Mean for HGVs?

There’s a lot going on in the UK right now in terms of HGV developments. If you’re looking for HGV training Hampshire news, then you’ve come to the right place! The government is allowing trials of driverless HGVs, and of course, people are watching that with interest because it could change the roads and the employment landscape a lot. All-electric HGVs from Tesla could be hitting the mainstream market at some point in the near future, and it’s pretty interesting to see what’s going on in terms of the motoring industry and the diesel ban too. The government recently announced that it is looking to completely scrap diesel by the year 2040, and that means banning all diesel vehicles from the roads.

Tackling Air Pollution

The early plans announced by Michael Gove to tackle air pollution focus purely on cars, but that doesn’t mean that the haulage industry is going to get off lightly. After all, when diesel is banned that will affect all vehicles. This means that it’s a good idea for haulage companies to be thinking about slowly replacing their fleet. Some companies are starting to phase out diesel already, but others are waiting in the hopes that companies will be compensated for the expenses associated with the change. There are already some plans to compensate car drivers to the tune of £1000 to £2000 to help offset the costs of getting rid of a diesel car and moving over to an all electric or to a low emission vehicle. It’s far more expensive to replace an HGV so it makes sense that they would be looking to encourage people to look at hybrid vehicles, all electric or low emission engines as soon as possible. Considering that diesel vehicles aren’t banned right now, the government needs to find ways to get people investigating those other options, so there isn’t a rush (and even a shortage) when the ban does draw closer. There are a few schemes already being put in place that will do this.

Schemes to Discourage Diesel Drivers

The new toxicity charge, or T-Charge, is set to take effect as of the first of October and it is getting more and more expensive to keep diesel vehicles on the road with parking charges, extra tax on the diesel itself and other disincentives. These should go some way towards helping to change diesel’s image, which is a good thing when you consider that it wasn’t all that long ago that we were looking at campaigns run by Blair to get people to move over to diesel because that fuel was the ‘good guy’, while leaded petrol was the main polluter. Now we understand that diesel actually does a lot of damage to the environment itself and there are other fuels that are more environmentally friendly, but undoing many years’ worth of marketing is going to take time.

While the government looks to inform people about the risks of diesel in the run up to the 2040 ban, it would be a good idea for fleet owners and drivers to start thinking about their own future plans and weighing up the options. Electric vehicles may be viable, but do you want to be an early adopter? If you decide to wait, will you be holding off until it’s known whether or not there is a scrappage payment for commercial vehicles?