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routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017

NEWS/this week Government-backed scheme to bring PCVs up to Euro 6 Clean vehicle retrofit scheme provides a key component of UK air quality plan Appeal over impounding A decision by the Upper Tribunal to uphold a decision for the return of two impounded coaches, could now be examined by the Court of Sessions. A request for leave to appeal to the Court of Sessions has been lodged with the Upper Tribunal. A date for a hearing has yet to be set. The Upper Tribunal 14 / ROUTE…ONE.NET 9 AUGUST 2017 hearing followed the refusal of Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken to return two impounded 56-seater coaches to Douglas McKendry and his daughter Carrie routeone/Court Report/2 August. The basis for the fresh appeal concerns the interpretation by the TC of section 38 of the Partnership Act 1890. government’s Clean Air Zone Framework for England. The scheme will enable the existing fleet of urban vehicles (initially buses, but extending rapidly to a wide range of vehicles) to be fitted with proven emission control solutions. Technologies already potentially identified include: Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) fitted to exhaust systems, hybrid powertrain systems and engine repowers with gas (LPG or CNG). The scheme will provide the backbone of future retrofit funding, enabling the UK market to lead this important sector. The UK plan for tackling roadside NOž concentrations presents a significant challenge, requiring them to improve poor air quality as quickly as possible. A significant majority of the older, existing bus fleet is seen as being a significant source of pollution and needs a rapid and cost-effective solution. Larger vehicles (coaches, buses, vans and HGVs) contribute over half of UK national average roadside concentration of nitrogen dioxide according to DEFRA’s air quality analysis. The scheme will provide independent evidence that a vehicle retrofit technology will deliver the expected emissions reductions and air quality benefits in real world operation. It will enable operators to be confident that properly verified and accredited technologies provide the appropriate emissions reductions to meet the standards in the government’s Framework for England. /FIND OUT MORE goo.gl/2cRZbH Mel Holley / Editor The Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) - developed jointly by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) - has been announced. It is backed by government money from the DEFRA/DfT Joint Air Quality Unit. It will provide a single validation standard for any emission technology to meet the standards set out in the Dual doors for Bristol To speed up dwell times, First Bristol is poised to take delivery of 24 long wheelbase dual entrance/exit buses. Designed for the city’s Metrobus rapid transit routes, they have Scania chassis with ADL Enviro400 bodies, built in Falkirk. Their first deployments will be for the University of Bristol contract (Hengrove depot) and the University of the West of England service (Lawrence Hill depot). First Bristol already has two dual-door Enviro400 MMC integral buses in the form of a pair of opportunity-charged ‘virtual electric’ hybrids that are able to run for up to 80% of the time with the engine off.


routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017
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