- 1 April 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
A £2 million fund has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) to help delivery companies buy e-cargo bikes for final mile deliveries.
The DfT’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund is now available to limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and non-profit organisations in England. Many major players are getting into e-cargo-bikes as a form of final mile delivery machine thanks to their low emissions and ability to get into places around urban areas that vans cannot reach.
Those companies applying for the DfT fund must sign up to a robust code of practice developed in association with the UK Cycle Logistics Federation and the Bicycle Association and includes cycle safety best practice.
Matthew Eastwood, Head of Transport at Energy Saving Trust said: “Funding to support the adoption of ecargo bikes by businesses in England and enable low carbon Last Mile Delivery across the country is a positive step in improving local air quality, tackling road traffic congestion, and reducing transport operating costs. Applicants can benefit from grant funding for up to 20% of the cost of a new ecargo bike up to the value of £1,000 per bike.”
Department for Transport’s Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman said: “This new fund for ecargo bikes will help to cut congestion, improve air quality and encourage companies to play their part in creating a cleaner, greener future.
“Supporting more sustainable deliveries is just one of the positive steps this government is taking towards a zero emission world,” he added.
Applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis.