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Environmental Legislation

Moves to improve the urban environment by reducing noise, air pollution and traffic congestion are evolving rapidly, with the UK Government actively looking to explore new approaches and introduce initiatives and incentives.

Low Carbon Vehicle Trust memberAs a member of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, MAGTEC is fully committed to supporting the shift towards more environmentally-friendly vehicles and fuels.  We work hard to design and deliver cost-effective drivetrain solutions that offer a range of environmental benefits without compromising performance. We believe this is good for business, good for vehicle drivers, good for passengers and pedestrians – and good for the planet.

The air pollutant emissions from trucks and commercial vehicles contribute significantly to overall air quality. Emissions of particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2 or NOx), un-burnt hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO) are all regulated by Euro emissions standards which have recently become even more stringent.  Switching to a clean electric or range-extended drivetrain is the simplest and most effective way of complying with existing and future legislation.

Funding and commercial support:
good reasons to switch

Businesses purchasing an EV can write down 100% of the capital cost against tax. Electric vehicles are exempt from tax and from the London congestion charge.  MAGTEC is currently working with Government organisations to provide the next level of grant packages that will enable payback within 3-4 years.


Office for Low Emission VehiclesThe Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across Government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV).

OLEV is providing over £900 million to position the UK at the forefront of the global developments in ULEV manufacture and use.  The organisation has already introduced a car and van grant. MAGTEC and other manufacturers are now lobbying for the introduction of a grant for vehicles up to 18 tonnes.

OLEV is also working with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to co-fund the Low Carbon Truck and Refuelling Infrastructure Demonstration Trials (Low Carbon Truck trial).  The Government has provided £11.3m to pump -rime procurement of low emission HGV technologies and their supporting infrastructure.

To find out more about current and upcoming legislation and Government initiatives:

The LowCVP has done so much to further the cause of green motoring…this conference has always provided an excellent forum for debate and discussion

Minister of Transport, Andrew Jones MP