The majority of UK road traffic is made up of cars, but that’s only part of the story. An increasing reliance on home delivery and a greater need for services has increased the number of vans on the road. In fact, in 2018 vans made up nearly 16% of total traffic on Britain’s roads.
Light goods vehicles are responsible for around 19 million tonnes of CO2 per year in the UK, so it’s clear that there’s much to be done. It’s also apparent that while carbon offsetting through initiatives like tree-planting can help, there only one part of the solution and much more needs to be done to reduce the emissions of the vans themselves for real improvement to be seen.
Low emission vans should be an attractive prospect. They offer lower fuel costs, have no or low road tax and are exempt from congestion charges, but they also help to reduce greenhouse gases and improve air quality. Fortunately, people are keen to make the most of these benefits and things are starting to change for the better.
The newly available van engine technology and generous government grants mean there has never been a better time to invest in a new van.