SMOKE SIGNALS

The article discusses concerns about UK local authorities' forthcoming powers to penalise freight and public transport operators with heavily polluting vehicles. Council officials will soon conduct roadside tests of exhaust emissions, and be able to fine offenders on site. There are fears that their tests will be inaccurate and that their fines will be excessive in relation to the offence. Westminster City Council in London expects to begin piloting the new scheme in late 1996 or early 1997. Four or five of its officials will test several hundred vehicles a day on every day with the intention of issuing penalty tickets to drivers of vehicles exceeding their emission limits. Westminster was chosen partly because it has worked with the Vehicle Inspectorate on roadside emissions for the last two years. Westminster also has some of the worst traffic pollution in the UK, because of its high concentration of taxis, buses, and delivery vehicles with diesel engines, which emit more particulates than petrol engines. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) supports the roadside tests in principle, but has strong reservations in practice. Council staff must be trained properly. Lorries must be diverted from main roads during testing. Test costs will be considerable and will involve police.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • SHEPPARD, G
  • Publication Date: 1996-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 38-9
  • Serial:
    • COMMERCIAL MOTOR
    • Volume: 184
    • Issue Number: 4685
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00729739
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM