Jonathan Lee Recruitment supports industry transition to clean air vehicles
Commercial vehicle manufacturers and operators need urgent plans in place if they are to meet the challenges set by the recently announced clean air zones, according to Jonathan Lee Recruitment.
Ahead of the Commercial Vehicle Show, at the NEC, in Birmingham, the company predicts that due to rapid changes to emissions and the clean air requirements for major urban areas in the UK, the industry will see a significant rise in demand for specialists in emissions retrofit technologies as well as for the engineering experts required to support continued investment in alternative fuelled vehicles.
Jonathan Lee Recruitment says that five English cities are to have clean air zones by 2020 under plans to reduce pollution; high polluting vehicles, such as older buses, will be charged if they enter the zones in Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton.
Associate director at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, Henry Noteman, commented, “We have seen a rapid increase in demand for people with specialist skills that can help businesses transition existing vehicles as well as support innovation around clean technologies and alternative fuels. This trend is both an opportunity and a threat for businesses as balancing investment with potential costs will require a long-term view.
“The Government has made more than £25m available since 2011 to help organisations to tackle the challenge by investing in a range of retrofit technologies for vehicles, especially buses. This is just one factor in shifting the development of fleets that can perform well against these increasingly stringent standards. Government departments, local authorities and commercial operators have already started to review and renew their fleets. Clean air, connectivity, safety – there are a lot of technology drivers that are shifting the types of people that the commercial vehicle sector needs and we are actively working on long-term planning to ensure the UK players in this market have the right people in place.”