To improve air quality in London – which is currently among the worst in Europe – the Mayor has designated Greater London as a Low Emission Zone. As Zero Champion points out:
Ken Livingstone’s attempt to control polluting vehicles from central London could spell crisis for construction traffic. It’s the first such scheme in the UK and the largest planned in the world. As of February 2008 pollution-spewing lorries will face charges of £200 to travel in the Low Emission Zone.
We are seeing local authorities here in the NW now look at construction transport miles seriously – even as a scored procurement issue.
Not too bad though when you consider we don’t need one out of every three construction material lorries on the road anyway – as a recent Defra report hinted
Watch this space…..