Recent years have seen a global shift towards tackling pollution levels, with China reacting to dangerously high pollution levels by limiting output capacity in its most industrialised provinces, and the signing of the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement. The introduction of clean air zones within the UK is simply mirroring this global focus, in a more proactive than reactive way. The danger however, lies in the cost of such foresight.
Jamie Warren, UK & Irish Director at KMB Shipping highlights the need for further consideration of the implications on the transportation industry, “Although it’s great to see the government shifting towards proactive policy making to tackle environmental issues, there needs to be further consultation with hauliers and the freight industry to ensure the sudden cost of upgrading vehicles doesn’t cause prices to rapidly increase for customers”
The true cost of global environmental responsibility may only be seen once the zones are all fully functioning. Until then, firms must prepare to meet the standards required or find alternative delivery routes.