Cycle safety

Global report focuses on reducing traffic fatalities by designing safer, urban cities

August 4, 2015 Hayley Pink

‘Cities Safer by Design’ is a global report for urban planners and policymakers that offers practical guidance for designing safer towns that can reduce traffic fatalities. More than 1.3 million people are killed in traffic crashes worldwide, making traffic fatalities one of the leading causes of death in cities. The report from WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities includes more than 30 specific urban design recommendations. “With the right urban design, we can make cities more livable, with safer streets […]

Air quality

FTA: Free HGV access to M6 Toll would ease congestion and improve air quality

August 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling for free use of the M6 Toll by HGVs following last week’s publication of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority Strategic Transport Plan. One of the key priorities within the plan is wider use of the toll, however, the FTA said this is not a viable option for freight as the cost currently stands at £11 for an HGV, which is prohibitive for operators. Sally Gilson, FTA Midlands policy manager, said: “The way to […]

Routing, scheduling & retiming

West Midlands long-term transport strategy released for public feedback

August 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

A long-term strategic transport plan to help the West Midlands unlock its economic potential has been put out to public consultation. Movement for Growth has been developed by the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) and sets out the region’s proposed transport strategy for the next 20 years. It includes strategic road and rail improvements, a fully integrated train, bus and rapid transit system and a comprehensive cycle network. Cllr Roger Lawrence, chair of the ITA, said: “We need a […]

Air quality

Freight must receive fair share of low-emission vehicle funding, says FTA

August 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling for a ‘green truck fund’ to help operators adopt cleaner technology following the latest progress report from the government’s Low Carbon Truck Trial. The association said the fund would support operators in adopting alternative fuels and low-carbon technologies, as high upfront vehicle purchase or conversion costs, in addition to a lack of public refuelling sites, are preventing the increase of greener trucks on the roads. Rachael Dillon, FTA climate change policy manager, said: […]

Scotland plans to reduce drink drive limit in 2013
Air quality

Government’s low-carbon truck trial second progress report published

August 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

The government has published the second progress report of its low-carbon truck trial, which has examined the data provided by 13 separate industry-led projects operating more than 300 alternative-fuelled HGVs. Launched in 2012, the UK trial aims to enable commercial fleet operators to learn about alternative fuels, for manufacturers to learn new ways to develop products and for the roll-out of publically-accessible gas refuelling infrastructure. An £11.3m fund was provided by the Department for Transport, the Office for Low Emission […]

Air quality

Scottish council’s fleet focus saved £700k and improved local air quality

August 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

A focus on making its fleet leaner and greener has helped a Scottish local authority save more than £700,000 in the past two years. Falkirk Council is a member of the ECO Stars scheme, which aims to help organisations using commercial vehicles to drive down their carbon emissions by making their fleets more efficient, therefore helping to improve local air quality. A member of the Falkirk scheme since it launched in February 2013, the council has recently achieved an upgrade […]