Government ‘must do more to encourage take-up of green HGV technology’

The government has been called upon to give hauliers more incentives to invest in environmentally-friendly heavy goods vehicle (HGV) upgrades.

Industry body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has noted that green truck innovations are “not inexpensive” and currently remain a commercial risk to drivers due to their untested nature.

Simon Chapman, the FTA’s chief economist, stated that companies should be incentivised to make this switch, as well as highlighting the need for a robust infrastructure to support these vehicles.

“Trucks are an anywhere, anytime service and depend upon a comprehensive refuelling infrastructure on the road network,” he explained.

His comments come as part of the FTA’s submission to the Treasury ahead of the March budget, which also recommends the cancellation of planned fuel duty increases in April 2011.

Earlier this month, the organisation launched a new satnav system that has been designed specifically for use by hauliers, in order to help drivers avoid being directed down inappropriate routes.

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Government 'must do more to encourage take-up of green HGV technology'