Last reviewed 18 November 2021

All new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the UK will be zero emission by 2040, the Government has confirmed.

This, combined with the UK’s 2030 phase out for petrol and diesel cars and vans, is argued to be a world-leading pledge to end the sale of all polluting road vehicles within the next two decades.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, highlighted that the UK will become the first country in the world to commit to phasing out new, non-zero emission HGVs weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero emission by 2040.

As one of the new Glasgow Breakthroughs launched by the Prime Minister at the World Leaders Summit, 30 countries have agreed to work together to make zero emission vehicles the new normal by making them accessible, affordable, and sustainable in all regions by 2030 or sooner.

British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “Use cases of HGVs vary significantly, so we welcome the government’s intention to consult on derogations that will enable a fair and achievable transition. The BVRLA looks forward to working with the Government on the delivery plan that will be essential in ensuring the UK road transport network can be decarbonised successfully.”

DPDgroup UK Ltd, one of the brands leading the way on the decarbonisation of fleets, warned that bringing down the cost of green HGVs and creating adequate supply will be essential to the UK hitting its target.

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Olly Craughan, said: “We totally support the withdrawal of the selling of new, non-zero emission HGVs in the UK by 2035, as we do the sale of new diesel/petrol final mile fleet vehicles by 2030.”

He urged all parties involved in the supply of alternative green HGVs to, “…press the fast forward button,” on their development plans so businesses can make the transition as soon as possible.