RESPONSE TO GLA LOW EMMISIION ZONE (LEZ) FEASIBILITY STUDY by j7djd923

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									ITEM 5B – APPENDIX G:
RESPONSE TO GLA LOW EMMISIION ZONE (LEZ) FEASIBILITY STUDY: PROPOSALS
OUTLINED IN MPA CoP PAPER – IMPACT ON MPS VEHICLE FLEET

Headline: The GLA proposal for an LEZ will restrict use of older (pre Euro II) lorries, buses and
coaches from 2006/07. The MPS only owns 4 Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) that are to a pre-Euro II
standard. Therefore the proposal will not have a significant impact on the MPS vehicle fleet and any
replacements/modifications necessary should be able to be contained within the already funded
Vehicle Replacement Programme.

Background: The MPS’s current plans envisage a shift to diesel from petrol engines and the
gradual inclusion in our fleet of a number of LPG vehicles. We have also investigated the use of
electric vehicles and are now stocking Biodiesel fuel (which although it does not have as marked an
environmental advantage as some other measures, is nevertheless worth pursuing).

The main emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of the operation of MPS vehicles has been
to maintain as up to date fleet as possible thereby keeping up with the latest manufacturing standards
in terms of pollution reduction. The MPS is fairly successful in this regard since most of our vehicle
fleet is replaced reasonably frequently. In addition, about 20% of our total fleet of about 5,000
vehicles are hired, on a short-term basis, so they are all relatively new and will be to the latest
commercially available environmental standard.

As regards electric vehicles, this approach has generally stalled because of Industry’s failure to make
a major breakthrough in battery technology. We have two Ford Think cars on a three year trial and
they are based in central London boroughs. However, Ford has now abandoned further development
of this programme because they are now refocussing their efforts towards fuel cell vehicles. As a
result, the small number of electric vehicles in the MPS is unlikely to grow. Practical fuel cell vehicles
are some years away but we keep in touch with this technology development via membership of the
London Hydrogen Partnership. We have made it clear to manufacturers that we would be very keen
to act as a trial organisation for fuel cell vehicles as and when they become available.

								
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