Govt opens Clean Vehicle Fund to improve air quality

JonathanJune 3, 2014

Towns and cities across England can now bid for a share of the £5 million fund to make their bus fleets and other vehicles kinder to the environment. In a bid to seriously clamp down on the amount of emissions and pollutants, the government has announced a new Clean Vehicle Fund.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer announced the scheme yesterday (June 2nd) and local authorities can apply for up to £500,000 of the overall fund. This will allow many smaller councils to introduce pollution-busting technology or convert vehicles so they can run on cleaner fuels.

Baroness Kramer called the initiative the latest step in a major programme of measures to make Britain's air cleaner. 

The government invested £7.3 million into the Clean Bus Technology Fund, which was launched in 2013 and helped make more than 500 buses – across 26 local authorities – kinder to the environment. This year's scheme allows more local authorities and public bodies to get their hands on funding. 

Baroness Kramer said: "We are raising the bar and making sure that the ongoing trend of improving air quality continues. This £5 million will mean less harmful exhaust fumes from buses, and other vehicles, in some of our most polluted urban areas. This funding will also secure jobs and growth in the industries delivering the technology."

Reducing pollutant emissions – in particular oxides of nitrogen (NOx) – from older buses, other heavy duty vehicles, and taxis is part of the government's commitment to improve air quality in towns and cities, and keep up with EU air quality standards.

As more and more companies and businesses take advantage of eco-friendly vehicles, the new fund could be an ideal way to get much-needed funding to change the air quality of your local council. 

For individuals, car leasing can allow you to benefit from the same low emission technology, without having the upfront cost of having to buy a new model. It also allows you more flexibility when it comes to picking a vehicle that is perfect for you and your family.

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