London, December 2011 From 3rd January 2012
Londons Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is set to become more stringent. A wider scope of commercial vehicles will be covered by the rules of the LEZ, with the SMMT suggesting that 30% of vans on UK roads could be affected.
Businesses already struggling to manage spiralling transportation costs could be hit by the new charges, starting at £100 a day when driving within the M25, if their commercial vehicles are more than 10 years old. Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is therefore urging businesses to think about van hire as a cost-effective alternative, rather than using their own older vehicles when coming into the LEZ. With van hire from Europcar starting at just £19 a day for a broad choice of van types and the flexibility to hire by the hour, it could provide a crucial lifeline.
The new tighter emissions standards coming into force on 3rd January 2012 mean that every business operating within Greater London needs to reassess their fleet to ensure they fall within the LEZ guidelines, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar Group UK. And this could have a very real impact on businesses, at a time when they are already juggling costs. Not many businesses will want or necessarily be able to afford – to replace older vehicles in their fleet. Thats why we believe, faced with a charge of £100 per day, or more, if their vehicles dont comply, van hire is a real alternative. With Europcar van hire starting at £19 a day and just £29 for overnight bookings, we are playing a vital role in helping small businesses keep moving and keep costs down when they drive into Londons LEZ.
We also offer immense flexibility and choice. With one way hire on vans, a business that needs to make a delivery into London can do so cost-effectively without having to worry about getting the vehicle back to where they picked it up. They can simply drop it off at the nearest convenient Europcar location to their delivery destination. The fact that we offer van hire by the hour is a further advantage for businesses and the choice of vans on our fleet, including Car-derived vans (CDV), Short-Wheel Base (SWB), Long-Wheel Base (LWB), Box and Luton vans as well as minibuses, means we can cater for most business needs. The LEZ operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and public and Bank Holidays and aims to encourage those driving the most polluting diesel vehicles driving in London, to become cleaner. To avoid the daily charge, vehicle owners need to ensure they meet strict emission standards, which could mean fitting a filter or replacing older vehicles a solution that many businesses may not be able to afford. Businesses who want to find out more about the LEZ should visit the Tfl website – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/lez/default.aspx
Europcar offers businesses a wide choice of commercial vehicles to suit every type of job. Working with premier van manufacturers, including Renault, Citroen, VW, Ford and Iveco, Europcars fleet is fully maintained and covered by 24 hour breakdown. Tail-lifts are available on many vehicles, making them ideal for deliveries and collections. And with over 130 van hire locations across the UK, Europcar is able to support most transportation needs. SMMT figures suggest that around 85,000 vans on todays roads would face the new charges if driving within the LEZ from 3 January 2012, concluded Ken McCall. Many businesses will, therefore, need to find a way to reduce these costs.
Rather than upgrading their fleet, business owners can opt for flexible and affordable van hire for those days when they need to operate in Greater London, leaving them free to use their existing fleet the rest of the time. Were urging van drivers to be prepared for 3 January and consider the savings van hire from Europcar can offer.
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For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office: Dominic Dennis, Arran Fano, Maddy Roles, Agne Slikaite or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132. Dominic@harrisonsadler.com
About EuropcarEuropcar is the leading vehicle hire company in Europe, providing car mobility to 6 million customers. Through its franchisees and partners in over 150 countries, Europcar gives access to the #1 network in car hire. Europcar brand portfolio generated revenue of c.3.1 billion including c.2.0 billion Europcar group revenue. Supported by 6,600 dedicated staff and with long-standing local presence, Europcar facilitates the mobile lives of its customers around the world, offering them customised and innovative car mobility solutions. Winner of the first World Travel Award recognising the World’s Leading Green Transport Solutions Company, Europcar also was honoured with the Award in 2010, the second time it was presented. Europcar is a subsidiary of Eurazeo. For more information: www.europcar.co.uk