As Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urges Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ‘think twice’ about expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to Greater London, there are fresh warnings for business owners from SOGO Mobility.
The short-term leasing specialist is urging businesses to plan for flexibility as clean air zones in London and around the country are put on hold, altered or questioned.
Commenting on the issue, Karl Howkins, managing director of SOGO, said: “Many business owners are having to make quick decisions about adopting ULEZ-compliant cars and vans. While there is a clean environmental imperative, it’s also clear that the use case isn’t always there, especially with vans. A more flexible approach to meeting your mobility needs is essential through this transition period, as it’s likely that the scope of clean air zones across the UK may change.”
The London ULEZ is due to expand on 29 August to cover all areas in Greater London. It will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Non-compliant cars will be charged £12.50 every day they drive in London.
SOGO has adopted a digital-first approach to operations to help customers move between vehicles with minimum effort. It’s a popular model that has seen the company’s fleet expand to over 6,000 vehicles.
SOGO recently moved to a new office campus on the Cranfield Technology Park in Bedfordshire. The new building hosts an innovation hub that aims to accelerate the speed digital tools are launched to improve the customer experience.
The company is also exploring using advanced telematics to inform greener motoring choices through better route planning, informing EV deployment and encouraging greener driver practices.