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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