The leader of Coventry City Council has hit back at a government order to impose a congestion charge on roads in the city. The bombshell demand from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was revealed yesterday. It came as the department rejected the council's clean air plan and ordered congestion charges be put in place in an effort to cut air pollution in the city. However, responding to the order, council leader Cllr George Duggins said the authority's proposals has not been understood by central government. And he suggested heavy-handed tactics would only lead to increases in dangerous levels of air pollution. He said: "The government have sat on their hands on the issue of air pollution and they’re handing the responsibility to local authorities up and down the country. “They haven’t properly responded to our plans that we had put forward. “There’s no point using heavy handed tactics without any clear rationale. Our local plan is … [Read more...] about How Coventry has reacted to congestion charge bombshell
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Coventry is to be forced by the government to introduce a congestion charge in the city in a bid to improve air quality in the city. Once put in place, it could see cars, taxis, buses and lorries having to pay a fee to drive into the Clean Air Zone (CAZ). However, it won't be the first city to implement a scheme of this kind. For a number of years, there has been a Low Emission Zone in London (ULEZ) - charging vehicles which do not conform to emission standards . This scheme has been altered to include the Ultra Low Emission Zone - and along with Coventry, is set to be joined by a number of cities in charging vehicles for city centre access. Next year, Birmingham and Leeds are introducing similar schemes to their roads - with ongoing proposals in a number of other cities nationwide. Coventry City Council initially had an £83m plan to cut pollution which did not include a CAZ, but this was rejected by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Watch: … [Read more...] about What Coventry’s congestion charge could look like
US & Canada By Sarah Shaath BBC News, Washington 17 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47874725 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel New York City is poised to be the first US city to charge a fee to drivers in an effort … [Read more...] about What NYC congestion charge can learn from London
Motoring by Press Association 15/03/2019, 1:18 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The government has granted funding for a new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham city centre, and the new measures are due to be implemented from January 1 next year. The scheme will charge a fee to drivers of higher-emitting vehicles around the city, with a goal of improving Birmingham’s air quality and reducing its congestion levels. Where does the new zone apply? The clean air zone sits inside the A450 Middleway ring road. That means the whole of the city centre is included in it, as well as sections of the Jewellery Quarter, Bordesley and Newtown, Digbeth, Highgate and parts of Ladywood Will my car be affected? Much like the low emission zone in London, whether or not you’ll be able to drive your car into Birmingham’s CAZ will depend on its age and efficiency. To avoid paying a charge, your car will need to be a diesel of Euro 6 standard or … [Read more...] about Birmingham clean air zone – what is it and how will I be affected?
Opinion PUBLISHED: 20:27 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 20:27 14 March 2019 Nick Conrad Could free bike hire and free park and ride buses in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn be a pay off for bringing in a congestion charge? Archant If you want a congestion charge in Norwich fine... but you must improve public transport and make the Park & Ride free, says Nick Conrad I was walking with my daughter in her pushchair last week when a large spluttering, polluting, monstrosity of a lorry passed. The old vehicle was heaving itself along the coast road puffing out its filthy emissions. I looked at my little daughter, not yet one-years-old and wondered what impact this grim fog would have on her little lungs. Luckily the North Norfolk Coast is a relative haven of fresh air in comparison to urban areas of the UK, and therefore this experience was unusual – but in large built up areas people are constantly battling the dirty air. It’s a hidden killer that we … [Read more...] about Congestion charge could work in Norwich, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth but make park and ride free first