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Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership leads drive for uptake of low-emission vehicles

Date: 25 June 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Local authorities have been advised of the five crucial influencers regarding the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles with dedicated or discounted parking bays, discounted permits, embedding recharging infrastructure into local development planning, local education programmes and deploying vehicles on public sector fleets all crucial to a city's chances of securing a share of a £35m Government fund for promoting low-emission vehicles.

The new best practice guide from The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership aims to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles ahead of the final Go Ultra Low City Scheme bids.

In March, the Government revealed 12 UK cities had been shortlisted to receive a share of £35m million in order to promote ultra-low emission vehicles.

The Go Ultra Low funding will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to achieve 'exemplar status' - becoming internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of plug-in vehicles in a local area, and the cities have until 31 August to finalise their submissions before the winning cities are announced in the autumn.

The guide aims to assist local and city authorities understand a range of measures that can be used to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles.

A spokesman for The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership told BusinessCar that "low emission vehicle" is a broad term covering alternative fuels and technology as well as frugal conventional cars and there are no emissions-based criteria to define what a low emission vehicle is, unlike an ultra-low emission vehicle, which has to emit less than 75g/km of CO2.

The partnership is advising local authorities to set definitions for low emissions, including prescribing the most up-to-date engine emission standards and aligning CO2 emission standards with national policy guidelines.

The guide also suggests that policies implemented at a local level should be consistent in order to create coordination between local areas.

"The guide can help local authorities to offer consistent benefits to individuals and companies which will give LEV drivers the peace of mind and confidence they need to make the switch," said Gloria Esposito, LowCVP head of projects.