Following discussions with Southampton City Council, the operator is to implement phased charges for older, more polluting trucks. It stresses that this is not aimed at raising additional revenues
In order to promote the use of the latest (Euro VI) trucks, DP World Southampton has agreed to implement a charge of £5.00 per truck visit for older trucks through its VBS system, using automated number plate recognition.
To minimise the impact it is proposing a phased introduction:
DP World Southampton will also create a separate database for private licence plates and dock use only trucks, where its will ask operators to demonstrate whether their trucks are Euro V/VI compliant.
It says that based on analysis of current vehicle arrivals, "our approach will affect only a small percentage of trucks; we expect less than 2% of all trucks to be Euro IV by 2020. Revenues will therefore be very limited and will be applied to recover the investment in the ANPR system.
"It is difficult to predict how fast the ‘63’ and older trucks will be replaced, but again, to limit the impact and give haulage businesses the opportunity to plan ahead, we have consciously chosen an implementation date of 2022 for charging the newer Euro V trucks."
In a customer advisory, Aart Hille Ris Lambers, UK Commercial Director, DP World, explains that last year the Council went out with a consultation on proposals to improve the air quality in the city. Their preferred proposal was to levy a charge of up to £100 a day on non-Euro VI trucks entering the city and other charges for buses and taxis.
"With support from many of you," says Mr Lambers, "we have been able to convince the City Council that such a large charge would not be sustainable for businesses and they have dropped this specific charging model as a solution.
"Southampton City Council is now looking for other ways to improve the air quality in the city. Specifically, they have asked DP World Southampton to introduce a scheme that helped them to put an alternative case to government and avoid the larger £100 charge."
Full details about the scheme will follow along with a formal tariff announcement in June. A copy of frequently asked questions is available on the company’s website.