CPT calls for coach retrofit survey help

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The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) has published a short online survey designed to help the industry during its on-going discussions with key decision makers regarding the five proposed Clean Air Zones (CAZ) and London Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ/LEZ).

The trade body said the survey will also provide CPT supplier members with vital information which will enable them to better understand the emission reduction retrofit equipment requirements of the coach industry.

The survey – ‘Coach Exhaust Retrofit for new Euro 6 zones’ – is available to download and complete at www.cpt-uk.org//_uploads/attachment/4484.xls and all coach operators and affected parties are urged to take a few moments to complete and return it.

Simon Posner, CPT’s CEO, said: “CPT continues to highlight to Government at all levels the very serious practical challenges facing the coach sector with regard to CAZs and the London ULEZ. Our primary concern is the current absence of an accredited retrofit solution for any coach, and CPT remains engaged in detailed discussions with LowCVP, the Energy Saving Trust and the Joint Air Quality Unit regarding this problem.

“While CPT continues to work on behalf of its membership, it is vitally important that we have good quality and reliable coach industry data to hand that will help further support our case when addressing these issues with local and national government and other stakeholders.

“I urge all CPT coach operator members and other affected coach companies to take a few moments to complete and return our short survey. Your time and support on this matter is greatly appreciated and really will help us to help you.”

CPT plans to share the aggregated data gained from the survey responses (and individual operator data where agreed) with CPT supplier members who both offer, and are in the process of, developing emission reduction retrofit solutions.

Due to the current high costs of retrofit testing and approval, the greater amount of information regarding the more popular models that require retrofit will help these suppliers bring forward investment in the development of suitable solutions for the coach sector.

Simon concluded: “By completing and returning this short survey, you can help to ensure that retrofit solutions become available to the coach industry.” Completed surveys should be sent to CPT’s Technical Executive, John Taylor, by email at [email protected] no later than April 27, 2018.