Duty incentive proposed for low-emission lorries and buses

Proposals to reduce vehicle excise duty (VED) for lorries and buses with low particulate emissions have been issued by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).1 But the incentive may be too small to persuade operators of larger vehicles to upgrade their vehicles - while smaller lorries and buses will be effectively excluded from the scheme altogether.

A year ago, the Department of Transport consulted on options to cut VED by up to £500 per year for lorries which met "very stringent" emission standards (ENDS Report 264, pp 34-35 ). In July, the new Government announced its intention to extend the concession to buses.

The DETR has now outlined details

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