Joanna Cherry test drives new electric post van
Joanna Cherry QC MP visited Edinburgh Dell Delivery office to see one of two all new electric micro vans. ‘I had fun test driving one of the new vans’ she said.
Royal Mail has added 3000 more electric vans to its fleet across the UK, a tenfold rise on the 300 plug-in vehicles it currently operates. The first new electric vehicles (EVs) are being rolled out to areas employing Clean Air Zones with charge-points also being installed at delivery offices to serve the plug-in fleet. Simon Thompson, CEO of Royal Mail, says that due to its “feet on the street” delivery model, it is the "leader" in low emissions per parcel in the UK. “Electrification of our vehicle fleet will strengthen our advantage,” he continued. “That’s good for our customers, our people and the planet.
In Scotland Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are designed to improve air quality and aim to be introduced by the Scottish Government and local authorities, across Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2022. Planning continues at a local authority level and public consultations were carried out during summer 2021 to obtain feedback on the proposed Low Emission Zones. The Scottish Government will continue to develop support and funding to help people and businesses meet LEZ requirements.