The European Union may soon consider raising the bar on air quality requirements affecting diesel engines, after publication of a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The report claims evidence of a link between fine particulate matter and a range of health issues including atherosclerosis, respiratory disease, diabetes and even cardiovascular problems. Its findings are “a wake-up call to tighten up enforcement of air quality rules and consider revising these standards”, according to Matthias Groote, chair of the […]
Plans for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) at Felixstowe port and fining the most polluting LGVs have been shelved after the air quality improved substantially. Lorries were calculated to be contributing more than a quarter of all NOx concentrations at a receptor site and prompted the local council to consider measures targeting them (MT 19 March 2012). However, Suffolk Coastal District Council said action taken by the port to reduce pollution emitted by its own handling equipment has reduced emissions […]
Birmingham City Council has published details of its preferred clean air zone (CAZ) plans, ahead of a board decision next week (26 June), which could see non-Euro-6 lorries facing up to £100 per day to enter.
The mayor of London has announced that a new funding package will be launched later this year to help HGV operators upgrade to less polluting vehicles.