CPT urges Government to recognise unique challenges of sector
Trade body encouraging Government to consider the challenges faced by bus and coach operators in ending the sale of non-zero-emission PCVs
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has told the Government that any phase-out date for the sale of non-zero emission buses and coaches need to recognise the unique challenges of each sector.
CPT’s statement comes as the consultation on dates to end the sale of non-zero emission buses and coaches closed last week.
Responding to the consultation on buses, CPT said that, with sufficient government funding, over two thirds of all new bus orders would be zero emission by 2025. This would largely be driven by larger operators meaning any end sale date needs to consider the challenges faced by smaller operators.
CPT Head of Policy, Alison Edwards, said: “Despite the challenges of Covid-19 bus operators have taken the lead on seeking to decarbonise their fleets, but challenges do remain.
“Historically SME operators have had limited access to government funding and there are often challenges with infrastructure deployment at smaller depots. Therefore, it is vital that the end date for the sale of non-zero emission buses provides SME operators with the time and flexibility to ensure appropriate and affordable solutions are developed.”
‘Lack of certainty’
CPT’s response to the call for evidence, in advance of a formal consultation, on an end date for the sale of coaches highlighted the lack of clarity over technological solutions as well as the need for nationwide charging infrastructure.
“The most significant challenge for the sector is the lack of certainty over technology” – Alison Edwards
Commenting Alison Edwards said: “The most significant challenge for the sector is the lack of certainty over technology – hydrogen, electric or a combination of both. CPT will continue to work through these options with the Zero Emission Coach Taskforce to build a clearer picture of what the zero-emission coach landscape looks like.
“Overcoming range anxiety will also be important to encourage operators to make the switch. A comprehensive and reliable network of recharging and refuelling infrastructure must be delivered alongside moveable recharging/refuelling depot solutions.”