LPG vehicles for TfL fleet

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3861
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

LPG vans are available now and offer huge air quality benefits when compared with diesel. Will the Mayor ensure that LPG vehicles and LPG converter garages are on TfL's procurement lists, to help clean up London's fleet and set an example to the private sector?

Answer

Answer for LPG vehicles for TfL fleet

Answer for LPG vehicles for TfL fleet

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Promoting the use of electric, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles is the focus of my efforts when it comes to new vehicle technologies.

TfL generally leases vehicles and I expect TfL to set an example to the private sector by prioritising the uptake of the cleanest ultra low emission vehicles available. Should TfL need to procure more conventionally fuelled vehicles then LPG is not discounted.

It is important to note that, although the cost of refuelling may be marginally lower, the level of air pollutants from an LPG vehicle, while lower than diesel, is broadly the same as a new petrol vehicle. Therefore, there isn't much air quality benefit to be made from specifying LPG over petrol. Also, when compared to petrol, there is a lack of readily available LPG vehicles on the market and refuelling arrangements are more complex. These factors would be taken into account as part of any procurement exercise.