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Transport minister John Reid wants the Cleaner Vehicle Task ...
Transport minister John Reid wants the Cleaner Vehicle Task

Force to start putting their ideas for greening' Britain's vehicle

fleet into action.

Taking the chair today for the first time since taking office at the

DETR, Dr Reid said:

'Now it's time to really get down to business. Over the summer

months working groups of the Cleaner Vehicles Task Force have come up

with some stimulating ideas and proposed a wide-ranging action plan

for consideration at today's meeting.

'I now want to see the task force take these useful ideas and

turn them into positive actions and outputs. These will not only help

to deliver the environmental objectives we are committed to, but also

bring benefits to the motorist.'

Areas that the Task Force are considering include:

- providing guidance to purchasers of company car fleets which

will help them to evaluate and improve the environmental

performance of their fleets

- giving purchasers more information about the environmental

performance of vehicles, and presenting it in an easily

understandable way, including the introduction of a system for

labelling cars to show fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions and emission


- producing firm recommendations on the best ways to reduce

pollution from existing vehicles

- making vehicle emissions testing widely available at a low


Today's meeting is the third since the Cleaner Vehicles Task

Force was launched last year by the prime minister. A report on the

conclusions and recommendations made by the task force is due to be

published early next year.


1. The Cleaner Task Force is a joint DTI/DETR initiative aimed at

creating a new partnership between government and the private sector

to promote environmentally friendly vehicles people actually want to

drive and buy. It was launched by the prime minister on 14 November


2. John Reid has taken over the co-chair of the task force from

his predecessor Gavin Strang. Ian McAllister, deputy president of

the SMMT, is co-chair. Other new members are: Trevor Chin, chief

executive of Lex Services PLC, who replaces Michael Gwilt, former

chief executive of Arriva and Stuart Holland, chief executive of

Alter - an EU wide project to stimulate the market for cleaner


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