In a speech to the Road Haulage Association annual lunch, the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has told transport operators that they need to improve their performance on carbon emissions.
Climate change was major long term threat, he said. And he pointed out that HGVs are responsible for 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.
Pointing out that HGVs are responsible for 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, he said climate change was a major long term threat. The government is making funding available for carbon reduction initiatives as they feel improving fuel efficiency is imperative.
Alexander also praised the work done by the RHA, and FairFuel UK, on fuel duty – notably in explaining to government the impact of rising fuel prices on the transport industry.
He pointed out that the steps taken by the government in stopping the fuel duty escalator had led to an easing of fuel tax of some £22.5 billion. As a result a typical haulier had saved £21,000.
Alexander also highlighted the introduction of the road user levy as evidence of the way the government had listened to the concerns of the road transport industry, saying he was delighted that the changes had come into effect to level the playing field for
And he called on the road haulage industry to support Better Together campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.