The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into existence two months from today (8th April 2019) in London and FSB are keen to see that the Mayor ramps up his efforts to communicate the scheme to small businesses.
Recent data showed that Over 4 out of 10 (41 per cent) respondents were unfamiliar with the tighter emissions standards they need to achieve to comply with the ULEZ – and nearly a third (31 per cent) of businesses were unaware that the Ultra-Low Emission Zone comes into force in April.
Sue Terpilowski OBE, London Policy Chair, FSB, said:
“We are highly supportive of the Mayor’s Diesel Scrappage scheme and look forward to further detail on the implementation, many of our members will benefit from the scheme so it is vitally important that it is opened up as a matter of urgency.
“We are in little doubt that huge swathes of the FSB membership are unaware that the ULEZ will impact their business. The Mayor must focus on hard-hitting business focussed campaigns that communicates the scheme to small businesses and demonstrates what the impact could be to them, particularly at the fuel pumps where literature and signage has been non-evident.
“At a time when small firms are being left in limbo as to whether there will be a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ Brexit – small firms are remaining cautious when making investment decisions such as investing in newer vehicles – the Mayor must recognise this fact. A well-executed Diesel Scrappage Scheme for micro businesses must be easy to access. There must also be greater support for those who need to retrofit their heavier vehicles such as coach companies.”