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Tax Reductions For Most Efficient Lorries in 2019

Beginning February 2019, lorries meeting the most recent Euro 6 emissions standards will be eligible for a 10 per cent reduction in the cost of the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) levy. Lorries that don’t meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay 20 per cent more in their HGV levy.

Currently, the HGV levy is up to £10 a day or £1,000 a year, depending on the vehicle’s size and weight. However, the amount of emissions will also be a determining factor for the levy sometime in the future.

The change is a part of the government’s programme to improve air quality and reduce emissions, as lorries with the cleanest emissions produce 80 per cent less nitrogen than dirtier ones, according to the Department for Transport’s research.

What Are the Euro 6 Standards?

The Euro 6 standards apply to all new cars registered after 1 September 2015 and defines acceptable limits for exhaust emissions. The limits are as follows:

Petrol

  • Carbon monoxide: 1.0 g/km
  • Hydrocarbons: 0.10 g/km
  • Nitrogen: 0.06 g/km
  • Particulate matter (direct injection only): 0.005 g/km
  • Particulate matter (direct injection only): 6.0×10^11/km

Diesel

  • Carbon monoxide: 0.5 g/km
  • Hydrocarbons and nitrogen: 0.17 g/km
  • Nitrogen: 0.08 g/km
  • Particulate matter: 0.005 g/km
  • Particulate matter: 6.0×10^11/km

Who Will Likely Be Affected?

Companies operating HGVs will be most impacted, especially if vehicles in their fleet were manufactured before 2015. Vehicles manufactured after September 2015 should meet emissions standards.

How Can I Comply?

If a vehicle fails to meet the emissions standards, there are a few options available to help reduce the amount of emissions produced by the vehicle.

  • Have the vehicle regularly serviced.
  • Install in-cab technologies that monitor driving and provide performance feedback to help encourage driver behaviours that lower emissions.
  • Encourage your drivers to drive more smoothly, which helps increase fuel efficiency and thus reduce emissions and costs.

However, one of the most effective methods to ensure that a vehicle complies with emissions standards is to install a selective catalytic reduction system, which reduces nitrogen emissions. Another option is injecting fuel tanks with cerium each time you refuel the vehicle, which helps optimise the diesel particulate filter.

Drive Clean, Breathe Easy

For more compliance information, contact BHIB today: –

Mat Kiff Transport and Logistics Team Leader

Mat has worked within the insurance broker sector for 16 years and has been with BHIB for the last 6. He really enjoys working for an independent insurance broker with a group of people who are passionate about what they do and who genuinely care about providing a first class service to our customers.

Mat leads our Transport & Logistics team and specialises in Hauliers, Logistics companies, Fleet operators & Motor Traders.