The government needs a plan for vans, if it is serious about achieving its economic and environmental goals, says the BVRLA. With the 2030 deadline for the end of sales of new petrol and diesel-engined vans looming, many small businesses and van operators face mounting costs to upgrade older vehicles. The fleet rental industry has raised concerns about a lack of parity with car drivers, saying that the government must take steps to support van users.
“I am confident that the government appreciates the important contribution the van market makes to society and the UK economy,” said Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive.
“But it has failed to understand that commercial vehicles are a long way behind cars and a targeted plan is needed.”
The BVRLA has called upon the government to ringfence funding for the van sector and to provide new van charging grants and funding. It also wants to ensure that the supply chain caters for vans and that the government drops the exclusion of rented and leased vans from the super deduction. Lastly, it wants there to be van specific targets and requirements for charging point provision.
“Without the right fiscal support, millions of van drivers and fleet opertors could see business recovery stifled and government could see zero-emission targets not met if steps are not taken now to support fleets and the 3.4m people who rely on vans every day to do their job,” said Keaney.