Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) Fund

A £10.05 million Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) Fund has been established to support SMEs (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises) get ready for the Clean Air Zone.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the funding, your business must be an SME which has been actively trading for more than 12 months and comply with the following criteria: 

  • Own or lease Heavy Duty Vehicle(s) that do not meet the Clean Air Zone emission standards
  • Eligible non-compliant Heavy Duty Vehicles (N2, N3 and M3 only) must be either: 
    • Registered and located within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone or  
    • Registered and located within the Birmingham City area and conducting commercial operations within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone or 
    • Registered and located within the West Midlands area and conducting commercial operations within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone. 

You must also be able to evidence:  

  • The frequency of entry to the Clean Air Zone based on current operations.  
  • The current emissions standard of eligible, non-compliant Heavy Duty Vehicle(s). 
  • The size of the business (Small to Medium sized Enterprise). 
  • The base location of the non-compliant vehicle(s) for the last 12 months.    

What can I apply for?

Road Freight Transport for Hire or Reward Operators can apply for a maximum of €100,000 per SME (De minimis State Aid for the current and previous two financial years) towards:

  • Retrofit of non-compliant vehicle(s) – Up to a maximum of £15,000 per vehicle 
  • Relocation/exit lease costs – Up to a maximum of £15,000 per SME  

Non-Road Freight Transport for Hire or Reward Operators can apply for a maximum of €200,000 per SME (De minimis State Aid for the current and previous two financial years) towards:

  • Retrofit of non-compliant vehicle(s) – Up to a maximum of £15,000 per vehicle 
  • Relocation/exit lease costs – Up to a maximum of £15,000 per SME 
  • Lease of compliant vehicle(s) – A maximum grant contribution of up to £15,000 towards the lease costs of a new or used (Euro 6 diesel or above, Euro 4 petrol or above, electric, hybrid, LPG or biofuel) compliant vehicle, which can include a deposit and lease repayments of up to a maximum of six months
  • Purchase of compliant vehicle(s) – A maximum grant contribution of up to £15,000 towards the purchase cost of a new or used (Euro 6 diesel or above, Euro 4 petrol or above, electric, hybrid, LPG or biofuel) compliant vehicle

You can also review the retrofit options for your vehicle through the Energy Saving Trust. 

Before applying, you should read the HDV Fund outline criteria and the terms and conditions.

Apply now for the HDV Fund

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