DfT consults on ending sales of non-zero-emission coaches
DfT is seeking feedback on proposals to progress ending the sale of new non-zero-emission buses. The Government body is also launching a call for evidence on phasing out the sale of new, non-zero emission coaches and minibuses.
The Government body is inviting views on the challenges of transitioning to zero emission coaches and minibuses and what would need to be true or in place to withdraw the sale of these vehicles. It is also looking at what Government could do to accelerate the transition to zero-emission coaches and minibuses as it looks to set a realistic date to end the sale of these vehicles.
This consultation follows on from an initial consultation on ending the sale of new diesel buses, which ran from 15 March 2021 to 11 April 2021.
“It is important that any eventual targets for both bus and coach are realistic” – CPT
A CPT spokesperson said: “It is important that any eventual targets for both bus and coach are realistic and recognise the unique and different challenges operators face regarding infrastructure, funding and technological development. Our zero-emission coach taskforce has been looking at the challenges coach operators will face and its work will be crucial in informing today’s call for evidence.
“With bus and coach representing only 3% of transport emissions it is vital that we move journeys from cars to sustainable transport to stay on track for the country’s net-zero goals. Therefore, it’s vital that today’s announcement is matched by the government loudly promoting bus and coach travel and ensuring it delivers on the ambitions of its National Bus Strategy to improve services across the country. This should start by ensuring buses are given priority for road space to make journeys quicker and more reliable to encourage sustainable travel choices.”
More on the consultation can be found here.
To respond to the consultation, email [email protected] or contact by post at Bus, coach and minibus phase out consultation, Zero Emission Bus and Coach Policy, 3rd Floor, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR