Clean Air Zones

Clean Air Zones

On the 11th May 2018, the London Mayor set out his “bold strategy to make London the greenest global city”. This, of course, primarily means stricter controls over vehicle emissions.

The Mayor’s Environment Strategy includes bringing forward the introduction of zero-emission zones (ZEZ) from 2025 to 2020 in order to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicles. The ZEZ is quite a leap from the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) due to come into force on April 8th 2019.

According to the London.gov.uk website, the strategy “sets out a vision for London’s environment in 2050, focusing on cleaning up the capital’s toxic air, greening its streets, reducing waste and tackling climate change” and includes a bold plan to make the capital the world’s first National Park City.

Outside the capital city, the number of Clean Air Zones is likely to grow as more local authorities work toward cleaning up the air we breathe. There are currently LEZ’s (Low Emission Zones) in Brighton, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford with more coming soon (for example, Glasgow’s LEZ comes into effect on 31 December 2018).

There is no doubt that the increase in LEZs and introduction of ULEZs will fuel (bad pun) the development of viable electric HGVs and several truck manufacturers have embraced the challenge.

The Mercedes-Benz eActros is an electric heavy truck with two variants with a gross weight of 18 and 25 tonnes. The trucks are currently being tested by selected customers to assess their everyday feasibility and economic efficiency under real life conditions. If all goes well, the trucks will start rolling off the productions lines early in 2021.

 

Property Market Slump

Business still seems slow for the UK removals industry with movers commenting on social media that trade is either quiet or erratic. Since the removals industry is inextricably linked to the property market, it’s slightly worrying that financial website www.thisismoney.co.uk recently posted an article under the title “Crunch time for housing market:…”

The article (which provides a lot of supporting data) suggests the property market is struggling and may get worse before it gets better.

This is another good reason for removals companies to redirect their marketing efforts towards storage.

Storage is the safety net for many removals businesses and has helped them to survive the lean times with minimal damage. This week, Scott Rust from AIM instructed the SEO team to focus AIM adverts on attracting storage clients.

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