Armed Forces: Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 22 September 2023.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has estimated the cost of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion on the movement of non-compliant military vehicles across London.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Transport for London (TfL) operate a selected partner scheme whereby notified MOD owned or leased vehicles are exempt from the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Greater London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charges; exemptions prevent the disruption of operational activity. For Units located in Greater London and the periphery, the relationship and contact between parties is strong and TfL operate a pragmatic approach to exemption applications ahead of any movement of military vehicles.

The Department takes seriously its sustainability commitment and wherever possible strives to support initiatives such as TfL's air quality improvement plans by considering the necessity of the movement and ensuring that, where MOD vehicles are supplemented by leased vehicles, they are fully compliant with wider Government intent.

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