IoT Assists in Lowering Co2 Production and Lowers Fuel Consumption


Last April 8, the city of London presented the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zones) to decrease the levels of carbon dioxide within its premises, improving the quality of air for its inhabitants. Presently ULEZ envelops the most frequented areas of London. These areas have governance in force for twenty-four hours each day in Lambeth, Westminster, Convent Garden, and Mayfair together with nearby areas. In 2021, they plan to bolster ULEZ so that it would include the South and the North circular roads. Mayor Sadiq Khan of London said that the ULEZ is a crucial way to help fight the illegal air in London.

Through the IoT technology in ULEZ, vehicles that do not comply to the regulations are spotted immediately. Sadly, most vehicles are not yielding to the standards provided for the zones. As a consequence, they are mandated to pay £12.50 each day, with the additional congestion charge. If they don’t pay, they will then face fines of £160 or not be able to enter at all. If the lorries go above the Euro 6 standards or if they do not meet them, they would have to pay £100 ever day to enter the said zones.

Some people see the time before the expansion of the ULEZ as the time to replace older diesel and petrol vehicles with new ones or even change present vehicles to electric. These changes could prove to be expensive and enormous to many businesses. Vans and cars that enter ULEZ about five times weekly would have to pay £120 more. On the other hand, the vehicles that operate in London have no choice but to follow the regulations or pay fines. There are still other ways to improve the efficiency of commercial vehicles. In turn, various businesses all over the UK could benefit from them.

Businesses can achieve efficiency in their vehicles if they install IoT vehicle tracking systems. This technology has been known to enhance the capability of vehicles, helping them reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Here are other ways this tracking system can assist effectively:

• Behavior alerts. The vehicle tracking system can alert the driver to certain behavior that contributes to higher carbon dioxide emissions and fuel usage. It also gives visual and auditory feedback through devices installed in the cab. Th said devices monitor idling, speeding, and harsh increase in speed, which all give way to wastage of fuel. Once the behavior is corrected, the amount of fuel consumed is reduced, along with the carbon dioxide they produce. The company can then save a lot of money.
• Telematics data. Vehicle tracking devices yield telematics data that fleet managers use to see the effects of tracking across their fleet. One company called ForHousing installed the said vehicle tracking system in at least 100 company vehicles. As a result, the fuel costs saved was just below £17,000 and the total carbon dioxide emissions was just 40.6 tonnes.

Lawmakers and business owners in London will be keeping an eye on the ULEZ system. They will monitor the way they impact the vehicle owners and the environment. Once enhanced, this system could very well help businesses become even more fuel efficient.

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