The Need for LoCITY

As London grows, so does traffic congestion and air pollution. This has a major, damaging impact on public health. Nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London because of poor air quality.
More than 281,000 daily journeys are freight (HGV and vans) – that’s 30% of all central London traffic and 10% of all Greater London traffic. With transport accounting for 63% of NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) and 52% of PM10 (Particulate Matter) emissions, the two principle pollutants of concern in London, it is vital that we take action to reduce emissions.

LoCITY has been established to help mitigate these effects and reduce commercial vehicle emissions. It offers a unique opportunity for vehicle manufacturers, fuel infrastructure providers, procurers and commercial fleet operators to collaborate to ensure we have the right technology, the right vehicles and the right fuels in the right places.

LoCITY will showcase match-funded demonstration projects and will work with other organisations to ensure the commercial fleet sector gets its fair share of funding.

Who should get involved - and why?


Anyone working in the commercial fleet sector wanting to make a difference can get involved in LoCITY.


From small regional fleets to multi-national operators.


Small vans to the largest vehicles.


Public sector organisations or private businesses.


Vehicle manufacturers or fuel providers.


Those that procure goods and services involving commercial vehicles.
This is a chance for London to lead the way both in the UK and in Europe, and position itself as a pioneer for low emission and low carbon commercial vehicles.
Participating in LoCITY is expected to bring financial benefits for fleets and suppliers, with alternative fuel vehicles often being cheaper on a whole-life cost basis. Meeting corporate social responsibility targets is also more important than ever, while your organisation’s reputation, in the eyes of the public, customers, suppliers and other industry bodies, has never been under greater scrutiny. In addition, increased market diversification for manufacturers and suppliers will also bring benefits.

Improved vehicle availability – together with the introduction of the ULEZ – will strengthen the case for acquiring low emission commercial vehicles over the next few years. By joining LoCITY, you can influence key decisions and programme outputs, including technology demonstration, infrastructure placement and the development of procurement requirements. You can also help ensure that a best-practice approach is devised and adopted.