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Are you ready for London’s new ULEZ?

December 10, 2020 / 0 Comments / 73 /

If you drive a refrigerated van in and around Central London you will know about the Ultra Low Emission Zone or ULEZ, but did you know that this ULEZ will be expanded on the 25th October 2021?

In case you haven’t heard of the ULEZ it is a defined area in which all vehicles that drive inside this area will have to meet strict emission standards or will have to face a daily charge. The current area is exactly the same as the congestion charge, except it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year except for Christmas day

This is the current ULEZ Zone:                 A map of the current ulez

 

 

 

 

And This is the ULEZ zone come October 25th 2021

 

 

 

As you can see the area is substantially larger now covering the North and South circular.

If you don’t have a qualifying fridge van the charge will be £12.50 per day.

Diesel vans that have a minimum emission standard of Euro 6 will be exempt from the ULEZ charge and a vehicle that is Euro 5 or under will have to pay the charge. You can check if your vehicle is exempt from the ULEZ by clicking here

All the fridge vans that we sell here at CoolVan are brand new vehicles so will always have the latest emission requirements. We can supply nearly all makes and models and because we convert the vans here on site it can be tailor-made to suit the temperature you require and the product you carry.

We can even arrange financing if required.

All the Euro 6.2 low emmision vans we sell can be found here.

We even offer zero emmision vans and are the forefront of testing the new refrigeration technologies available.

For any more information on our ULEZ qualifying vans please feel to call us or contact us through our excellent live chat system

 

Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

February 13, 2020 / 0 Comments / 774 /

Photo of a vehicle polluting the atmosphere

Great Manchester has announced it has plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone, this is to try and reduce the amount of pollution in the air such as harmful nitrogen Dioxide and particulates.

This will mean that drivers or owners of the most polluting non compliant vehicles would have to pay a daily charge to drive on the local roads in Greater Manchester.

If your refrigerated van is under 3.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight with a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine then you are likely to be subject to the proposed daily charge that is to travel in the Clean Air Zone from 2023.

Euro 5 or earlier diesel engines are typically ones registered before September 2016. If you are unsure as to whether or not your vehicle is likely to be charged you can use this Vehicle Checker Link.

Charging for non compliant Light Goods Vehicles such as fridge vans that have a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engines is expected to be £7.50 per day.

Here is the Proposed Zone:

 

Greater Manchester are in the process of asking the government for a Clean Freight Fund, if this is granted then there is the potential of a scrappage scheme being announced, similar to the one available for people who enter or whose business is in the ULEZ in London. Here at CoolVan we will be keeping a close eye on this so we have all the information required when you call to enquire about replacing your old fridge van.

We are the leading seller of brand new refrigerated vans in the UK, these new refrigerated vans all come with the latest Euro 6.0 and 6.2 diesel engines, we are also at the forefront of the growing electric fridge van market, with a dedicated research and development department testing the best insulation, batteries and fridge systems to give you the best electric fridge van that we can.

If you would like any information regards upgrading to a new Refrigerated Vehicle or Electric Refrigerated Vehicle please contact us on 08008838282 or complete an enquiry form hereinside a ulez and clean air zone compliant fridge van

an electric fridge van charging

London Scrappage Scheme

January 31, 2020 / 0 Comments / 663 /

If you have a refrigerated van that does not meet the stricter ULEZ emission standards that were set last April then you will have been paying the daily charge whenever you enter the ULEZ Zone. To support businesses in the Capital the Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help improve London’s air quality. If you have a business that has a van that does not meet the ULEZ standards and is based in a London borough or the City of London or if your refrigerated van frequently goes into the ULEZ zone then you could be eligible to apply for funds to scrap your older vehicle to help you switch to a new cleaner vehicle.

The funds have recently been increased to up to £7000 so now is a better time than ever to change your old van for a brand new one. Not only will you be saving money by not having to pay the ULEZ charge, you can also get up to £7000 for your old tired fridge van. This will probably be a lot more than you would get as a part exchange and you will also make a saving on fuel as the latest vans are a lot more fuel efficient as well as being cleaner and better for the environment.

Although the scheme is something you have to apply for yourself, here at Coolvan we can help you with this and guide you to the correct website and forms you need to complete.

To be eligble you have to fit into one of the 3 fund categories set by Transport For London (TFL)

Option 1: Scrappage for frequent users of the Congestion Charge area (£7,000)
The vehicle being scrapped must:
Have been driven within the Congestion Charge zone at least 26 times between 22 August 2018 and 22 February 2019 (six months before the start of the scrappage scheme). This will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account.
For journeys made outside of Congestion Charge operational hours (07:00-18:00, Monday to Friday) we will consider evidence of travel
Be a pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards

Option 2: Scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement (£7,000)
The vehicle being scrapped must be:
A pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards
Replaced by purchase, lease or hire (for at least two years) with a Euro 6 diesel light van or Euro 6 diesel minibus (for charities only)
The eligible business must be registered at a Greater London address.

Option 3: Scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle (£9,500)
The grant payment is made up of £7,000 for scrapping ULEZ non- compliant vehicles plus a £2,500 contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of a replacement electric vehicle(s).

The vehicle being scrapped must be:
A pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
Replaced by purchase, lease or hire (for at least two years ) with an electric light van or electric minibus (for charities only)
For an eligible business not registered in Greater London the vehicle must also:
Have been driven within the Congestion Charge zone at least 26 times between 22 August 2018 and 22 February 2019 (six months before the start of the scrappage scheme). This will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account.
For journeys made outside of Congestion Charge operational hours we will consider evidence of travel.
Refund of ULEZ charges
Successful applicants will be refunded any ULEZ charges paid for the scrapped vehicle(s) during the three months after their application was submitted providing they were paid via Auto Pay.

Organisation and vehicle eligibility
For Option 2 and Option 3, organisations must be able to prove that they’re registered at an address in a London borough or the City of London.
Micro businesses must have:
10 or fewer employees
Up to £632k turnover OR up to £316k balance sheet total in the preceding and current financial year AND
Companies House registration as an active company in the UK OR be VAT registered in the UK
Small businesses must have:
50 or fewer employees
An annual turnover of not more than £10.2 million OR a balance sheet total of not more than £5.1 million AND
Companies House registration as an active company in the UK OR be VAT registered in the UK
Sole traders must be:
A self-employed person who owns and operates a business as an individual
Charities must be an:
Entity registered with the Charity Commission as an active charity
Vehicle(s) you intend to scrap must be:
A van owned by an eligible business with up to and including 50 employees, or a minibus owned by a registered charity, for more than calendar 12 months before the start of the scrappage scheme on 22 February 2019
Insured for business use
Road taxed with a valid MOT
Scrapped at an approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)
The vehicle that you want to scrap must also fail to meet the ULEZ emissions standards.

We have access to all makes and models with many in stock, all refrigerated van conversions are done on site by our own highly skilled engineers and the prices quoted include delivery to your doorstep.

with the new 20 plate coming on March 1st now is a great time to look at replacing your old fridge van for a new one.

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