Manchester delays clean air zone

Manchester, UK: The planned clean air zone, covering 10 areas of Greater Manchester, is on hold until 2022.

It would have been the biggest clean air zone in the UK to tackle air pollution but the coronavirus pandemic has forced a delay. Leeds, Birmingham and Bath have also delayed planned low emission zones blaming coronavirus pandemic.

Manchester’s plan would have seen trucks, buses and taxis charged to enter the zone if they did not meet nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions standards.

Andrew Western, the leader of Trafford council, said the authority was asking the government for £166m, including £98m for a clean commercial vehicle fund and £10m to help sole traders most affected by the shift to cleaner vehicles. Only £41m had so far been received.

Bath has delayed until 2021 at the earliest, while Leeds said its measures to cut levels of NO2 from traffic, due to start in September, would be put back “until further notice”. Oxford is also delaying its zero emission zone.

Other cities where clean air zones are planned to bring air pollution to within legal limits are Southampton, Derby – which is opting for traffic management, not charging – and Bristol. Bristol has proposed the most radical policy, voting to totally ban all privately owned diesel vehicles from the city centre during the day. The scheme is due to start in 2021.

London has already introduced an ultra-low emissions zone in the city centre, which is due to be expanded to the North and South Circular roads in 2021.

WORLD NEWS

Pelican BioThermal expands in Finland and Turkey

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: Pelican BioThermal is collaborating with Sharkmed Oy in Finland and Corena Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in Turkey. “We are delighted to work with our …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Kuehne+Nagel partners with Chinese pharma distributor

Shanghai, China: Kuehne+Nagel is partnering with Jointown, China’s largest non-state-owned pharmaceutical distribution company, to enhance its pharma and healthcare logistics in China. The partnership with Jointown …

READ THE FULL STORY >

IRU implores Angela Merkel: show leadership on European border chaos

Geneva, Switzerland: The IRU has written to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, today on the chaos spreading across Europe’s goods transport network due to her government’s …

READ THE FULL STORY >

Irish meat supplier adds Sprinters to fleet

Oranmore, Galway, Ireland: Galway-based meat supplier Divilly’s has added three new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to its fleet, the Irish Trucker reports. Mercedes-Benz dealer, Kinahan Commercials …

READ THE FULL STORY >

WHAT’S ON

Latest Tweets

Obituary: Jim Gray Snr, Gray & Adams: bit.ly/3bxq7Jk pic.twitter.com/zgGXhVlfeo

© 2021 Global Cold Chain News | Terms of use | Privacy Policy
Commercial Transport Publishing Limited, registered in England and Wales, Company No: 6453302. Registered Office: 6 Corunna Court, Corunna Road, Warwick CV34 5HQ