On the 1st January 2021 the introduction of an “Air Pollution Reduction Scheme”, such a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or a daily traffic toll will be rolled out across the North East England.
The two options carry heavy financial penalties on all polluting diesel and petrol lorries, vans, cars, buses and taxis, entering Newcastle... only ultra-low emissions vehicles will be exempt.
Why? Spending time in areas with high air pollution can worsen symptoms of asthma, damage our lungs and reduce life expectancy.
A Clean Air Charging Zone will reduce air pollution in Newcastle by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less polluting vehicles that won’t be subject to these charges.
Recently, UK law has mandated a change in the weight limit for Category B driving licence holders who drive Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles, AFVs; it has now increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes.
Why? The extra weight allowance compensates for the heavy batteries used within Electric and Hybrid Vans.
Working with the DVSA to support this change the Department for Transport has provided a syllabus of learning that covers handling and driving techniques for laden AFVs, safe loading and instruction upon how the various fuels used to power AFVs should be administered.
For LGV drivers to take advantage of this learning they must receive a minimum of 5 hours of training.
In support, REVAMP has developed a suite of non-accredited AFV CPD courses with a clear focus around Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Knowledge, Safety and Awareness. These bite-sized courses are also prevalent to service employees at motor manufacturers, franchised vehicle dealerships, leasing and accident management companies and fleet supply organisations.
REVAMP’s accredited (IMI) Electric & Hybrid Vehicle qualification provision also serves to instruct individuals from the technical & retail automotive industry and the public sectors, for example for maintenance and service motor mechanics, fleet managers, to members of the emergency services who attend an accident involving an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle.