We all acknowledge the requirement for cleaner air in our cities. However the costs that will be required in a very short time will be too big for some small businesses the FTA fears.
The new regulations will affect so many “especially the small businesses, who cannot be expected to make all the necessary changes to meet new standards without support from local government.”
Christopher Snelling, head of national policy for the FTA said:
“The Mayor’s announcement of a support package for bus operators is welcome news in the fight to improve the quality of London’s air, but does not go far enough. Once again, freight operators, who have already made huge steps to reduce their industry’s emissions, are to be lumbered with huge bills at a time when businesses are already under intense cost pressures supplying London.
“Either the Mayor should offer a form of financial support to businesses needing to upgrade their vehicles early, or he should allow a degree of flexibility about the introduction of the regulation. For example, the FTA wants to see the residents’ diesel car “sunset clause”, giving a temporary delay in the requirement, to be extended to small businesses with vehicles which are based in the Zone.”