Britain’s Road Haulage Association is predicting NOx emissions from trucks will fall at least 80% by 2025, as Department for Transport (DfT) figures show a continual year-on-year decline since 2013.

UK haulage operators have slashed NOx emissions from trucks by at least 59% in six years, according to government statistics cited by the RHA.

The RHA said that the industry’s GBP1.9bn (US$2.5bn) investment in Euro VI vehicles is driving the huge reduction as it published its annual NOx Emission Assessment from heavy goods vehicles.

“As the government’s ‘green recovery’ agenda gathers pace, we believe this positive experience can be applied to the decarbonisation agenda, but a repeat of DEFRA’s [Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs] flawed Clean Air Zone policy must be avoided,” said RHA head of policy on the environment, Chris Ashley.

“Hauliers are willing to invest in the technology needed for a clean environment, but they must have confidence the regulatory framework will not retrospectively undermine that investment.”

Imposing high charges on technology deemed ‘obsolete’ without first checking there is a sufficient supply of the desired technology is a ‘recipe for disaster,’ added an RHA statement.

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