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GRANTS AVAILABLE TO MAKE COUNCIL FLEETS 'GREEN'

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The Energy Saving Trust's TransportAction programme is offering local authorities a chance to claim up to 75 per ce...
The Energy Saving Trust's TransportAction programme is offering local authorities a chance to claim up to 75 per cent of the cost of making their fleets more environmentally-friendly. The grants aim to help local authorities improve local air quality, and work towards achieving national targets to reduce harmful emissions.

The National Air Quality strategy requires councils to take the lead in reducing the level of local pollutants. Unless action is taken now, local air quality objectives will not be met in many towns and city centres.

TransportAction offers local authorities practical advice and information on 'greening' their fleets. It also provides funding to help reduce exhaust emissions giving local authorities a cost-effective solution to meeting air quality targets. Funding is available for:

- The additional cost of purchasing clean fuel vehicles which run on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), electricity or natural gas

- Converting existing petrol vehicles to LPG

- Converting existing diesel vehicles to natural gas

- Fitting of emission control technologies to diesel vehicles

- Replacing old diesel engines with newer cleaner diesel engines

The director of TransportAction, Jonathon Murray said:

'If we want our air quality to improve it is important to act now. Local authorities are in a pivotal position to make a start in their local communities and to be seen to be leading by example.

'TransportAction offers advice and information on how to make fleets more environmentally-friendly, highlighting the long-term benefits which will contribute to meeting national targets for air quality.

'Converting to greener fuels will enable local authorities to make a positive start towards meeting national targets and will also bring significant savings in running costs. Local authorities should place environmentally-friendly transport firmly within the Best Value regime and at the heart of council policy making.

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