Cabinet members will be asked to approve a new vehicle replacements report at their next meeting on Wednesday 18 March. The report recommends the replacement of 97 vehicles from the council's fleet, replacing 36 per cent of the diesel and petrol vehicles with Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). This helps the council work toward 2040 goals, which is the ambition for council operations to be carbon neutral by 2040.
Cabinet approved the Vehicle Replacement Strategy (2019-2025) on 20 February 2019. Following this strategy, this is the second report requesting the replacement of vehicles. The report seeks approval to replace 39 council vehicles, with 36 per cent of these replacement vehicles being ULEVs. The report also covers the replacement of 58 vehicles used by partner organisations, and a minimum of eight of them will be replaced with ULEVs.
The outcomes of the Vehicle Replacement Strategy and this report will make a significant contribution towards reducing emissions that the council fleet emits while enabling our workers to carry out their essential services across the borough. The 97 new vehicles will bring a 56 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions per km against the vehicles they are replacing.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: "The vehicle replacement strategy aims to improve the equipment used by services within the council and its partners.
"The proposed upgrades will have a positive impact on the council's service delivery, providing a more efficient and reliable service for our residents. The new vehicles will have the latest safety technology installed and will be more financially and operationally efficient. They will also help us to meet our aims of reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality."
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