Architectural cladding systems fabricator and distributor Vivalda has acquired six new ULEZ -busting HGVs to ensure it meets tough new emissions laws due to be introduced in London from April this year.

Investing more than £300,000 in five Mercedes-Benz Actros 2532L trucks and a DAF CF330, the business said it has “acted decisively” to ensure unhindered access to sites across the capital.

Ben Jayes, Vivalda Group MD, said: “As a responsible business, these new regulations have been on our agenda for some time now, which has enabled us to plan ahead and invest in our new fleet.

“Obviously, the environment is important to us all, but so is business continuity and maintaining a competitive cost base for our customers. It is concerning so few businesses have apparently prepared for the ULEZ in London and similar schemes in other UK cities.”

According to a survey carried out by the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association) last year, more than half of SMEs in the South East were unaware of the impending low emission laws.

Given such timing, many unprepared businesses may face issues serving customers in London and other affected cities.

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