If you work for a company that requires you to drive a van or other commercial vehicle as part of your job then you will probably find that some of their vehicles have speed limiters installed so that you cannot drive over sixty or seventy miles per hour. Companies install speed limiters for a number of reasons, such as to make sure that all their drivers stay under the legal speed limit and to save money on fuel. Now the European Parliament Committee is looking into introducing a seventy five mile per hour (120kph) speed limit to all commercial vehicles in the EU.
The Committee have come up with this plan as a way to cut costs for commercial vehicle fleets as well as reduce the amount of fuel emissions across Europe, and if the proposal goes through then as of the 1st of January 2014 all commercial vehicle manufacturers will have to install electronic limiters into their new vehicles. Committee members have also been debating introducing a rule that will mean that all commercial vehicles built after 2020 will have to have an average carbon dioxide emission of just 147 grams per kilometre.
While many manufacturers are behind the Committee’s ideas, some have said that their expectations are too high, such as the European Automobile Manufacturer Association (ACEA) who thinks that a carbon dioxide emission of just 147 grams per kilometre is not feasible. However, others are hoping that if these new rules are implemented then engineers and commercial vehicle manufacturing companies will be given a gentle nudge to start coming up with new technologies for commercial vehicles which will make them more fuel efficient and eco-friendly.
At the moment the obvious answer for more eco-friendly vans is hybrid and electric versions of such vehicles, however as they are generally more expensive in both initial costs and vehicle insurance many people are still not keen to invest in these types of vehicles right now. The government is trying to change this however by introducing incentives and benefits for those that purchase eco-friendly vehicles, such as reduced road tax and exemption from paying the congestion charge when travelling into London.
Improving the fuel efficiency and emissions of commercial vehicles is obviously a top priority for those in the European Parliament Committee, and hopefully these new rules will help improve not only the environment but also the technology for commercial vehicles.