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Staying one step ahead of road pricing

20th February 2017

Staying one step ahead of road pricing

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new Toxicity charge or T-charge zone in central London.

Coming into force on 23rd October, it will apply to pre-Euro 4 vehicles – typically those diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 – with up to 10,000 vehicles expected to be potentially liable for the new emissions levy every weekday.

The T-charge, also known as the Emissions Surcharge, will run in addition to the Congestion Charge and use the same operating hours (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm), meaning that it will now cost £21.50 to drive a pre-Euro 4 vehicle in the zone.

At the same time, the Transport Committee of the London Assembly issued a report demanding that charging zones are scrapped and that London instead introduces intelligent road pricing. It recommends that road pricing is extended to all congested areas in London, not just in the centre.

Whether or not the Assembly’s proposal wins out, one thing is certain: drivers will be increasingly billed for using London’s roads. The thinking behind this is sound, as the authorities need to combat the capital’s dual challenges of clogged roads and polluted air.

The Transport Committee report states that congestion costs the London economy a staggering £5.5 billion a year. It also blames the growing gridlock on the increased numbers of delivery vans and minicabs. The congestion is pushing air pollution to dangerous levels in parts of the city, where it already causes almost 10,000 premature deaths each year.

How Trakm8 Can Help

Trakm8 has a range of business vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions that can help you avoid unnecessary charges in London:

• Route optimisation

• Fleet scheduling

• POI alerts

• Geofencing

• EV algorithms

Trakm8 Optimisation’s route planning software helps you efficiently plan the route of each vehicle. It can easily be programmed to factor in avoiding road pricing areas such as the C-charge zone. Furthermore, our fleet scheduling software can help delivery van fleets to significantly increase vehicle utilisation. This means you can achieve the same number of deliveries in fewer vehicles.

Our vehicle telematics software can also help keep your drivers out of areas with road pricing, thanks to geofencing. This enables you to effectively block vehicles from entering the C-charge zone. Trakm8’s point of interest (POI) alerts let your drivers know, in real time, if they are getting close to a charging zone, helping them avoid accidentally straying onto a road that lands you with an unwelcome invoice.

Finally, for those fleets that have to enter the C-charge zone, we can help you invest in vehicles that are exempt from all fees. Our powerful algorithms assist fleets in identifying which current vehicles and routes could be switched to electric vehicles (EVs), meaning that you can add greener vehicles with confidence that they can do the job. And once your EVs are deployed, our unique EV optimisation software enables fleets to sweat these valuable assets, significantly increasing return on investment.

From established solutions like geofencing, to advanced fleet optimisation, only Trakm8 can offer such a wide range of tools to help you stay one step ahead of road pricing.

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