FTA says grants will encourage green truck take-up

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the Government’s plan to extend its Plug-In Van grant scheme to trucks is a positive step to encourage take-up of green technologies in the logistics sector.

FTA has continually called on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to provide much-needed financial support to help operators make the switch to alternative fuels and low carbon technology.  The grant scheme has been offered to car and small van users since its launch but larger vans and trucks were excluded.

Electrically powered freight vehicles above 3.5 tonnes will now be supported by the scheme, which was launched in 2012, with the Government pledging £4 million towards grants of up to £20,000 per vehicle.

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