Comex 2000 swaps diesel vans for Ultra Low Emission fleet in London
Britain’s cities have a severe pollution problem. And none more so than London.
Despite the congestion charge, central London is still choked by fumes – something that’s having a detrimental effect on the health of its citizens, particularly children. And when you see traffic snailing along the likes Euston Road or Borough High St, pumping nitrogen oxide into the air, it’s obvious something has to be done.
Step forward, London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which charges a fee to drivers of high-polluting vehicles entering the Congestion Charge area. Introduced in April, it’ll be expanded up to the North and South Circular roads by October 2021. Other cities are set to follow.
Until recently, Comex 2000 had a fleet of 150 diesel vans in the city, enabling it to provide high-speed internet for residential clients all over London. However, with the introduction of the ULEZ, those vans were no longer fit for purpose.
For Mark Long, Residential Director of Central London at Comex 2000, keeping this fleet would be hard to justify – because of the diesel’s contribution to pollution – and expensive, due to the charges the company would have to pay every day.
“We knew we had to change the fleet,” he says. “The challenge was to do it quickly, and to get the right vehicles in to replace the ones we had.”
Thanks to hard work, foresight and coordination, Comex 2000 was able to change its vans for the same number of low-emission Ford Transits and Peugeot vehicles in just under a month. For Mark Long, it couldn’t come soon enough.
“Working in Central London comes with many challenges,” he says. “We drive and install in the City of London, West End and surrounding areas, and congestion is one of the main challenges – along with parking restrictions. Because of this, we felt we needed to do our bit for the environment.”
The ULEZ is not the only challenge Comex 2000’s residential team is facing. Over the next few years, the UK’s old copper wire systems will be replaced with a fibre network able to cope with the needs of a population that demands high-speed internet. Comex 2000 will be at the heart of that transformation.
“The world wants to move to a 5G network and possibly more,” says Mark. “Some countries are more advanced than others, so we need to be world-leaders as we move to an FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) future. Changing our vans is just one step as we seek to achieve it.”