As many people know, there is a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in place around London that requires trucks entering the area, to be up to a minimum exhaust emission standard of Euro4 or face big fines. From April 19 there will also be a new zone created within the centre of London, in the same area as the Congestion Charge zone.
The new sector will be called the ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ (ULEZ) and the requirements to enter will be Euro6 exhaust emissions. Now, the vast majority of trucks on the road and the customers we sell to will never go into either of these zones. However, there’s a lot of talk in government and local authorities that cities like Manchester will also follow suit and introduce their own LEZ of some sort.
What standard these zones will be, whether its Euro5 or Euro6 is unknown. This uncertainty is having a massive impact on used vehicle prices. Buyers do not want to update a vehicle if they’re going to have to replace it again in a short timescale.
As a result we are seeing some, mainly common spec Euro5 and older trucks dropping quite steadily in price, while the same truck in a Euro6 spec is very much holding its value and in some instances going up!
Something needs to be done to clear this up, we have a right to know whether these zones will be introduced or not. In the meantime if you don’t need a Euro6 specification truck and are thinking of replacing a vehicle, now is the time to buy.
Haulage firms are being forced to shell out thousands of pounds to repair lorries damaged by potholes.
Safety is being compromised by broken surfaces all over the country with roads deteriorating following the severe winter weather.
One of our customers says his wagon’s suspension has been damaged three times in recent weeks after hitting deep craters.
Other parts of lorries that are suffering from poor road surfaces incude:
- Shockers/Springs/Air bags
Action is being taken to repair our roads but the ‘Beast from the East’ and bad weather all over the country has led to a huge rise in the number of potholes on Britain’s roads.
As a result the Government has created a £100 million repair fund, on top of previously announced initiatives, to help remedy the problem.
With 2.2 million potholes being repaired over the next 12 months, at a total cost of nearly £120 million, potholes are a big issue on our roads
Following calls from Local Authorities for extra cash to repair potholes, a £250 million ‘pothole action fund’ was announced in last year’s Budget, and local councils will receive a total of £50m each year for the next five years to help pay for the repair of more than four million potholes.
At James Hart Chorley we have seen a rise in the demand for repairs/parts due to pothole damage.
If you’ve suffered any damage or your safety has been compromised as a direct result of potholes we’d like to hear about it, so please drop us a line and join us in keeping pressure on the government to press forward with these necessary repairs.