Environment

News and opinions on how trucking industry impacts the environment

Want to start your logistic business? Here’s how you can get your operator’s licence

Getting a fleet operator’s licence Even if you know the various driving licence categories in the UK, you would’ve learned about the operator’s licence. Here’s what you need to know on getting a fleet operator’s licence, whether you own an HGV business or trying to fulfil your logistic needs after getting generous support from your commercial partner (regardless of your business ownership). The aim of holding the goods vehicle operator’s licence is a promise of ensuring the safe and optimised use of HGVs and becoming as protective of the environment at your workspace. Fill the below checklist to figure out if you need the operator’s licence. You are using a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes, i.e., 3500kg of combined weight, to carry goods associated with a t...[Read More]

Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map: Timing & Charges

What is Clean Air Zone (CAZ)? Before considering the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, let’s figure out what CAZ means. CAZ (Clean Air Zones) is a specific region in which prime measures are imposed to improve the air quality of that area. CAZ can be confined within a particular road or a whole block of the city that affects all the commercial and non-commercial vehicles with a charge or fine for entering. Initially, in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map, there are two types of Clean Air Zone i.e., ‘Charging’ and ‘Non-Charging’ In a Charging Area, all the Commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers are charged with a fee to enter the CAZ if their vehicle does not meet the Environment Standard Requirement. The Environment Standard Requirement in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Map is most...[Read More]

UK’s truck transport to be decarbonised

The decarbonising of the UK’s truck transport sector has been unveiled – with new diesel engine trucks phased out by 2040.

Mega-lorries would mean greener logistics

The government’s proposal to increase the maximum weight of HGVs to 48 tonnes is being seen as a positive move towards greener road haulage. It will also help progress the conversation about how the logistics sector reduces its carbon emissions and costs. The introduction of longer trailers would certainly reduce the number of commercial vehicles on UK roads – a positive step for the environment. It would also bring a number of business benefits including an increase in road freight so truck drivers are able to move goods to their end destinations quickly and more efficiently. Currently, UK lorries can be up to 13.6 metres in length and 44 tonnes. The new proposed length would see trailers of up to 15.6 metres, weighing up to 48 tonnes. Each year, HGVs on UK roads clock up a staggering 17....[Read More]

RHA responds to climate change report

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has responded to a new report on climate change by calling for recognition of the essential role that road transport plays in the UK economy.

Switching to renewable fuel a ‘no-brainer’ for the HGV sector

Do you give much thought to your carbon footprint as an HGV driver?

Covid-19 and its impact on etruck development

The impact of the global pandemic will be felt for years to come as businesses and industries struggle to overcome its economic impact.

Gas-powered trucks not as good for the environment as claimed

Remember when truck makers told us liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered trucks were better for the environment than diesel trucks? 

Europe’s most dangerous air pollution zones

Air quality is a major concern in Europe’s cities. Diesel vehicles have been identified as the main source of this pollution and Euro standards have been set for vehicle emissions

Brussels must do more to boost green truck production

A group of European giants including Nestle and Unilever is calling on Brussels to help them tackle the problem of road freight emissions.

Britain to build prototype electric truck

A Swedish start-up hoping to shake up the trucking industry with electric trucks has chosen the UK to build its prototype vehicle.

Trucks are getting longer – and that’s a good thing

The road haulage industry needs to reduce its CO2 emissions and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has a plan.