New Emissions Zone Law Means GBP 800 Fine for Charity Aid Workers
Released on: March 13, 2008, 10:30 am
Press Release Author: Hannah Lane
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: New emission laws have meant UK charity Hope & Aid Direct are struggling to get their vehicles into Europe and reach Kosovo where they deliver aid directly into the hands of those who need it.
Press Release Body: Hope and Aid Direct volunteers gather and deliver aid to Kosovo twice a year in trucks which they drive across Europe. This year they have faced an £800 charge to get into Europe thanks to new emissions laws.
The new green emissions law means that all owners of trucks over 7.5 ton that were built after 2002, now have to pay £200 a day, to go anywhere inside the M25. The only other options are to fit filters costing over £3500 each, or buy new vehicles. Unfortunately two of charity\'s trucks fall into this criteria.
All of the trucks will use the ferry from Dagenham Essex, to sail to Holland on convoy to deliver aid. The two trucks in question will have to pay £200 each to travel less than half a mile, a total of £800 of donated money to go into and out of Dagenham! Transport for London say \"NO EXEMTIONS\". However, exemptions are given to mobile cranes and historical, agricultural and military vehicles- surely aid vehicles should be added to this list, or atleast be given help to fit the filters they need.
This week, Hope and Aid trucks leave for Kosovo, the two trucks that fall into the charge criteria have to be loaded onto a low-loader truck transporter to avoid the charge. Thankfully this company, who donate their time to service the charity trucks, are offering the low-loader for free. Without this generous donation, the charity would have to be sacrificing £800 of donated money to cover this cost (to travel less than half a mile!) that should be going directly to those that so desperately need it. This shows that TFL clearly haven't considered the needs of charities who will need help.
About Hope and Aid Direct Founded in 1999 Hope and Aid Direct are a 100% voluntary, humanitarian aid charity whose team members raise their own funds, obtain donations of aid, transport that aid in convoys of lorries twice a year, and give it out directly into the hands of the people who need it the most. The donations are made by the public, churches, clubs, schools and companies. The convoys often carry out humanitarian work whilst they are away. Hope and Aid Direct has been involved in projects such as rebuilding schools, renovating orphanages, and delivering aid for third parties who would not be as welcome in some areas.
Volunteers come from every corner of the UK and from all walks of life. Whilst in recent years most of our work has been carried out in Kosovo, we have also distributed humanitarian aid in Romania, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.
Web Site: http://www.hopeandaiddirect.net/contacts/
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