Derby formally rules out charging clean air zone in the city
Derby City Council has formally rejected a charging clean air zone, opting for traffic management to reduce emissions in the city centre instead.
As reported in September, the council made its decision after a survey of the local population found little support for the introduction of charging.
Speaking about the decison last week, Derby City council’s deputy leader Matthew Holmes said: “The message was very clear that charging motorists and business to enter a clean air zone was not supported nor would it be the right solution for Derby despite other local authorities pursuing charging schemes.”
He added that the council was “encouraged that its preferred option had received such substantial support” from the public.
International hauliers urged to apply for ECMT permits as a no-deal Brexit contingency
The government is advising international hauliers to be prepared for a possible no-deal exit from the EU by obtaining new travel permits.
Government advice suggests that if there is no deal it is possible that UK hauliers will need an ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) permit in order to travel in Europe.
To get such a permit in time, hauliers will have to make an application between 26 November and 21 December.
The process of making that application means that hauliers must be registered on the Vehicle Operator Licensing System by 12 November, just a few days away.
At the moment the UK issues community licences to cover international journeys. These licences are recognised by the EU, but the fear is that if there is no deal that recognition might be withdrawn and an ECMT permit required.
The government has issued a factsheet about the process EU driving after Brexit.
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By David Harris