Roads: Freight

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 19 October 2023.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department plans to take to help support the decarbonisation of the road freight industry; and whether his Department plans to issue guidance on which technology the industry should be investing in.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government is technology neutral on the technology best suited to decarbonise UK’s road freight, but understands that recharging and refuelling infrastructure is key to a successful transition.

The Department is working with industry stakeholders to develop a zero emission HGV infrastructure strategy for publication in early 2024. In parallel, the Department is investing £200m into zero emission HGV and infrastructure demonstrators to provide the road freight industry with the evidence needed to make investment decisions and have the confidence to transition to zero emissions technologies sooner. Winners of the competition will be announced imminently.

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