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Fleets get a say in green fuel grants

FLEETS have until January 30 to play a part in shaping the future levels of grants provided to help them go green.

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is calling on the fleet industry to contribute to the debate on future grant levels for the TransportEnergy PowerShift and CleanUp grants, designed to maximise the number of low emission vehicles on UK roads.

Key points for debate are proposed grant levels for PowerShift and CleanUp and how demand can be best managed. In December, the trust announced that grants to help fleets buy LPG-powered cars had run out five months before the end of the financial year.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the EST, said: 'Market research clearly indicates that consumer demand for cleaner vehicles, emission reduction technologies and TransportEnergy grants will continue to grow next year.

'To meet this anticipated demand during 2004/5, grant levels need to be revised to ensure the programmes continue to provide the widest possible support to the market.

'To ensure that Government funding is used as effectively as possible, we will support the development of new, cleaner fuel technologies to the point where the market for these technologies becomes self-sustaining.

'This discussion with our key stakeholders will help nurture the market for cleaner fuel technologies and deliver environmental benefits in terms of reduced CO2 and improved air quality,' he added.

The debate only affects England as grants in Scotland are unaffected, where funding from the Scottish Executive is in place for CleanUp, PowerShift and autogas+.

  • To express a view on the issue contact Alex Veitch, senior transport policy adviser at the EST, at alexv@est.co.uk. Responses should be submitted by January 30. Modifications to the scheme will be announced before the beginning of the new financial year.

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