Stricter coronavirus rules introduced across UK

Stricter coronavirus rules introduced across UK

Mark Moran

A raft of new coronavirus restrictions will apply across the UK as the number of cases increases. The package of measures for England include: asking office workers to work from home; early closing for pubs, bars; table service only; closing businesses that are not COVID-secure; expanding the use... continue

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23 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
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Councils ask: 'Do we still need a CAZ?'

Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol city councils are all reviewing whether they still need to implement a clean air zone (CAZ) to comply with legal limits on nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  The councils say Covid-19 has fundamentally altered travel patterns, raising questions about whether a... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol city Council hopes to persuade ministers to drop their insistence that the council must introduce two charging... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

CAZ may be unnecessary – Leeds

Leeds City Council says Covid-19 and continuing upgrades to vehicle fleets may mean there is no longer a need to implement a charging clean air zone (CAZ) in the city.   The Government has ordered Leeds to implement a Class B CAZ covering a large part of the city as part of a clean air plan to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Sheffield reviews need for its CAZ

Sheffield City Council is reviewing whether its proposed city centre clean air zone is still necessary.Sheffield consulted last summer on a proposed Class C CAZ for the city centre (LTT 05 Jul 19).  The council said this week: “Our current direction from Government to implement a clean... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Borough suspends ‘flawed’ low traffic neighbourhoods

Borough suspends ‘flawed’ low traffic neighbourhoods

London’s programme of low traffic neighbourhood road closures is running into more controversy, with one borough announcing the suspension of its programme and another threatening to take its neighbour... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

The Committee on Climate Change has urged the Government to increase vehicle excise duty (VED) on the largest cars.  The Treasury launched a consultation this spring on reforming VED to encourage the take-up of zero and ultra-low... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL explores speed limiters for its fleet

Transport for London wants intelligent speed assistance technology installed on its 900-strong vehicle fleet to prevent drivers breaking limits. TfL’s vehicle fleet is leased and comprises about 80 per cent vans and 20 per cent small cars. It has invited the market to come forward with... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

ANPR cameras earn their keep

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) CCTV enforcement cameras deployed to enforce parking and moving traffic restrictions in the London Borough of Richmond  generate annual income about ten times greater than their operating cost. “The average volume of income generated per camera... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Council reduces parking for new homes

Fewer parking spaces will be permitted in new developments by the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council.  Consultation is underway on a draft parking standards supplementary planning document to replace the policies of the three councils that covered the area until April – the... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Rules tightened on private parking firms

Motorists across Britain will have to be granted a ten minute grace period for overstaying in car parks on private land under proposals published for consultation by the Government.    Unlike existing voluntary codes set by industry, the new Government code and enforcement framework for... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

HGV levy suspended for a year

The Government has suspended the HGV levy until 31 July next year because of Covid-19. The levy, applying to vehicles of 12 tonnes or more, was introduced in 2014 to ensure that foreign hauliers contribute to the cost of wear and tear on the road network. ... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Scottish Borders to trial blanket 20mph

Scottish Borders Council is to cut the speed limit on all of its 30mph roads to 20mph as an 18-month trial funded by Covid-19 grant from the Scottish Government.  The council has identified 80 settlements with 30mph limits and says converting the limits to 20mph is likely to cost about... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Enforcement camera systems compared

The London Borough of Havering is considering three manufacturers’ camera enforcement systems for a weight restriction that lorries regularly flout.  The council plans to install a camera enforcement scheme to enforce an existing 7.5-tonne restriction in Rainham village. Offices are... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

All change, no change?

Although our title is ‘Local Transport Today’ our role is not wholly defined these days by those words, as our coverage often embraces wider issues that impinge upon the UK’s overall transport policy planning and delivery landscape. A significant example of the relationship... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today Comment
Rik Thomas

Rik Thomas

LTT writer Rik Thomas (pictured) has... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today People

Mark Moran

Mark Moran

Calming the backlash

The reassessment of how urban roadspace is allocated and used has been one of the few positive side effects of the pandemic....

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10 Sep 2020Parking Review Opinion
Green parking spaces for electric vehicles

Green parking spaces for electric vehicles

Mark Moran

Parking spaces for electric vehicles (EVs) could be painted green as part of the UK government’s programme of support... continue

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10 Sep 2020Parking Review News

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