Starting February 2019, lorries that meet the most recent Euro 6 emissions standards will be eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) levy, with lorries that don’t meet the latest emissions standards expected to pay 20% more in their HGV levy.
At the moment the HGV levy is up to £10 a day or £1,000 a year and based on the vehicle’s weight and size, but the amount of emissions will also be a determining factor for the levy next year.
This change is part of the government’s programme to improve air quality and reduce emissions as, according to the Department for Transport’s research, lorries with the cleanest emissions produce 80 per cent less nitrogen than dirtier ones.
What Are the Euro 6 Standards?
The Euro 6 standards applies to all new cars registered after 1 September 2015 and helps to define acceptable limits for exhaust emissions. The limits are as follows:
- 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
- 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 this impact?
Companies that operate HGVs will be the most impacted, especially if their vehicles were manufactured before 2015 (vehicles manufactured after September 2015 should meet emissions standards).
How can you comply?
If a vehicle fails to meet the emissions standards, there are a couple of options that are available to help you reduce the amount of emissions produced by the vehicle:
- Make sure your vehicles are regularly serviced.
- Install in-cab technologies that will monitor driving and provide performance feedback. This can be used to encourage driver behaviours that can help lower emissions.
- Encourage your drivers to drive more smoothly as this can help to increase fuel efficiency, thus reducing emissions and costs.
- Install a selective catalytic reduction system, which can help to reduces nitrogen emissions.
- Inject fuel tanks with cerium each time you refuel the vehicle. This can help to optimise the diesel particulate filter.
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