Air quality should improve as a new exhaust system from Eminox, the Gainsborough emissions reduction specialist, starts to play a significant role in reducing UK pollution.
With the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan confirming that the new ULEZ will take effect from 8th April 2019, 17 months earlier than planned, and with nearly 30 local authorities across the UK having been tasked by government with producing their own plans to tackle air pollution by March 2018, the scheme is expected to open up many new job opportunities.
Eminox will help refit heavy-duty vehicles, such as buses, with new exhaust systems called SCRT, which is able to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels by up to 99% whilst also reducing Particulate Matter (PM), which is most harmful, by up to 95%, making the vehicle compliant with ULEZ.
Plans must be finalised by December 2018 and whatever measures are agreed, which could include Clean Air Zones (CAZ), need to be in place by the end of 2020.
The announcement by Mr Khan of the early introduction of ULEZ has already seen an influx of enquiries to the Lincolnshire manufacturing company
Mark Runciman, Operations Director for Eminox, said: “Over the years, it’s been hard for fleet operators to keep up to speed with changing legislation when it comes to emissions standards and unsurprisingly, many are getting frustrated. The SCRT offers these businesses the ability to retrofit their existing vehicles for a fraction of the cost of buying new, whilst making sure that it complies with all new legislation that is predicted to come into play. By being the first company to become approved by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS), Eminox has proven to be a market leader when it comes to staying ahead of the competition and helping to make the UK’s air safer.”
Around 50,000 people in the UK die prematurely each year due to air pollution.