The COVID-19 pandemic can provide the catalyst for a green transport revolution, according to the Transport secretary, Grant Shapps.
Mr Shapps told delegates at the LowCVP conference: “We can reframe the narrative around green vehicles and show that it is this generation that will drive the transition to zero carbon road transport.”
The government has already incentivised fleet decision-makers and company car drivers with new benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates, published earlier this year. This included a new zero BIK percentage rate for pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) this financial year.
A survey carried out by LowCVP for the virtual event shows that 92% of respondents agree that now is the moment for a ‘reset’ in terms of decarbonising road transport.
Tim Anderson, Head of Transport at Energy Saving Trust said: “2020 is proving to be a pivotal moment for decarbonising transport. Covid-19 will unlock more opportunities to return to a new normal, with reduced use of fossil fuels for the transportation of people and goods. Energy Saving Trust is committed to working to promote low and zero carbon transport, with a view to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
"Many of us have enjoyed quieter roads, improved air quality and more flexibility with our time through reduced travelling. We have proven that our new normal can be achieved with less miles driven and increased use of walking and cycling to travel short distances”.