Government seeks views on zero-emission coaches

Views from operators and other organisations involved in zero-emissions coaches are being sought by the DfT.

The government body’s call for evidence is aimed at supporting the development of a zero-emission coach and HGV infrastructure strategy for the UK, as well as to inform future decision-making about zero emission HGVs and coaches. It also sets out to gather evidence regarding the zero emission HGV and coach markets in the UK, including its infrastructure, both public and private.

The call for evidence asks which zero-emission technologies the respondents would consider for decarbonising a coach fleet and their assessment of them. It asks what behavioural changes might be needed to accommodate the transition to zero-emissions. It also asks about recharging and refuelling of zero-emission coaches.

The UK government policy on the transition to zero-emissions is technology neutral, meaning it will take in feedback on both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

A message on CPT’s website regarding the call for evidence said: “CPT is delighted to see the ambition and work of our Zero Emission Coach Taskforce (ZECT) recognised in this document, a robust and reliable network of zero emission infrastructure is going to be crucial for the decarbonisation of our coaches. This was one of the key asks of our taskforce, outlined in our “Coach Route to Destination Zero” report launched earlier this year, and we are thrilled to see the DfT has taken our recommendations onboard and recognised the importance of a collaborative strategy. CPT will draft a response with members of ZECT and Coach Commission.”

The call for evidence will run until 11.59pm on 14 December 2023.

  • An online questionnaire is available here, where a downloadable form along with accompanying email and postal address to send it can also be found.

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