Picture of Denis Naberezhnykh, TRL’s Head of ULEV and Energy

Denis Naberezhnykh, of TRL, welcomes action on petrol and diesel vehicles

Published:  30 August, 2017

‘TRL welcomes the news that the UK Government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. This is largely in line with the Government’s existing commitment to almost entirely decarbonise the transport sector by 2050, which would have required that sale of new vehicles from 2040 are restricted to zero-emission capable vehicles.

‘In order to achieve the 2050 commitment, it is vital that the government continues to support the public and the industry with policies that encourage purchasing of zero-emission-capable vehicles and a charging infrastructure strategy that maximises zero-emission driving potential.

‘TRL’s work is playing a critical role in generating understanding and evidence of Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) consumer perception, usage and charging behaviours that will help to inform future polices and incentives. Our work is also identifying solutions for smart charging and demand-side management that will help address the potential challenges for electricity transmission and distribution networks due to increase in requirement for electric charging in the future.

‘TRL also welcomes a more coordinated approach to restricting usage of diesel vehicles from 2020, in order to tackle the pollution from diesels and growing air quality concerns.

‘Our work supports the need for central and coordinated action to support Local Authorities in implementing policies and schemes that are more far-reaching and ambitious than presently implemented for tackling pollution from diesel vehicles.

‘Implementing these changes as early as possible is key to tackling the air quality issue quickly and mitigating negative impacts on human health.

‘Actions on air quality should ideally be coordinated with the longer-term decarbonisation policies to ensure a clear message is being sent to the public and the broader industry.’

Denis Naberezhnykh is TRL’s Head of ULEV and Energy.

TRL is the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility. It was established in 1933 as the UK's Transport Research Laboratory and was subsequently privatised in 1996. Today, TRL has more than 1,000 clients across 145 countries, driving positive societal and economic benefit worldwide.

Related Articles

  • Pioneers in platooning 

    A two-year study into the impact platooning trucks is likely to have in the UK will assess whether it can benefit the country’s economy and road system, including its effects on safety, fuel efficiency, and congestion. Lotte Debell reports.

  • TRL develops blind spot simulator for designers and investigators 

    A blind spot simulator rig which uses virtual reality to improve the design of truck cabs and road lay-outs and help accident investigators, has been developed by TRL, the centre of innovation in transport and mobility.

  • TRL outlines key research projects 

    Cyber security, virtual reality and machine learning will be at the centre of research carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in the year ahead.

  • TRL brings a taste of the future 

    Lucy Phillips of TRL reports on IRWIN, a project which aims to use an improved local winter index to assess present and future needs for winter maintenance.

  • AA criticises scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants 

    Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at AA, says the Government’s scrapping of hybrid vehicle grants not only has negative environmental implications but also puts unwelcomed pressure on UK fleet operators.

Sign Up

For the latest news and updates from LAPV.


LAPV (Local Authority Plant and Vehicles) is the only UK information source purely dedicated to local authority vehicles and affiliated plant equipment. Appearing four times a year, it offers well-researched technical articles on the latest equipment/technology as well as in-depth interviews with key industry professionals. More...



All content © Hemming Information Services 2018