8th August 2018
We have started a major investment in low-emission vehicles for our fleet due to the proposed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham, which will have a huge impact on all motorists driving in the city.
We recently purchased an Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 MMC bus worth around £175,000 to add to our fleet, which meets the Euro 6 emission standards required for the proposed CAZ in Solihull and Birmingham.
A CAZ is an area which has implemented measures to improve air quality, which will apply to every vehicle on the road and will also include Solihull.
Our director Danny Matthews said the investment highlights LandFlight’s commitment to growth and innovation in line with the latest emission standards, and also represents its effort’s to reduce air pollution.
He said: “We’re proud to be growing our fleet and to be helping make the West Midlands and Birmingham more environmentally friendly in support of the CAZ.
“It means major investment will need to be made on our side, which we’re prepared for and have started putting in place.”
While the exact details are yet to be confirmed, it is possible that a London-style congestion charge will be put in place, meaning vehicles not meeting the Euro 6 emission standards will have to pay to use the roads.
The proposed Birmingham CAZ would likely encompass the middle ring road (A4540) and impose strict emissions levels for any vehicle entering the area.
Danny Matthews added: “I think the proposals offer the private hire industry a good opportunity to improve its image and customer experience. Modern, less polluting vehicles are undoubtedly better for everyone’s health.
“We’d advise all motorists who drive in Birmingham to make sure they’re up to speed with the proposed changes and what it will mean to them.”
We have also added another Mercedes V-Class MPV to our fleet as part of our ongoing fleet upgrade to meet the latest Euro 6 emission requirements.
“The addition of the latest bus and MPV represents a total investment of around £230,000 and takes our fleet up to 30,” added Danny Matthews.