Hauliers encouraged to attend Sheffield Clean Air Roadshow next month

Hauliers affected by Sheffield City Council's Clean Air Zone are encouraged to come along to a free, half-day roadshow next month to learn more about the plans and support in place for businesses.

From 2021, Sheffield’s CAZ will see non-compliant lorries and vans charged a daily fee of £50 and £10 respectively to enter.

In line with other CAZs, vehicles must be Euro-6 diesel or Euro-4 petrol standard to comply.

It is being put in place to bring the city’s harmful NO2 & NOx emissions within legal limits as soon as possible.

The zone will cover the inner ring road and the city centre, including Park Square and the A61/Parkway junction.

To help commercial vehicle operators located within the zone, or regularly travelling into Sheffield, CM's sister title Motor Transport is working with the city council to bring you an informative event to answer all your key questions.

You’ll hear directly from the council about its air quality plans and planned support measures to help local businesses, followed by a series of short workshops to help your fleet prepare for the zone.

In addition, you’ll also get to see a range of the latest Euro-6 and alternatively-fuelled vehicles on the market today.

Book today to secure a place, as numbers do tend to fill up quickly for these events. The event is being held on 17 March at Magna in Rotherham.

Motorist Killed after HGV Driver Pulls up on A19

An HGV driver has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorist collided with his lorry that had stopped on an unlit stretch of the A19.

Marcel Balan’s dangerous decision behind the wheel resulted in the death of 24-year-old John Robinson, who was travelling behind in a Ford Fusion and collided with the back of the stationary HGV.

Police said the impact in the pitch black conditions on the road near Sunderland in March 2019 saw the lorry pushed forward eight metres as the car went underneath it.

Balan, 57, was convicted following an eight-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard Balan was travelling southbound on the A19 carriageway, but after driving past the turn-off for the A1231 Wessington Way, he made the decision to stop his lorry in the inside lane of the carriageway.

Seconds later, Robinson’s car collided into the back, causing fatal injuries.

Upon arrest, Balan claimed he had come to a gradual stop because he had heard a noise in his lorry and feared his cargo had come loose.

This was contradicted by the data from his vehicle’s tachograph and dashcam footage, and there was no evidence of his load being insecure.

Sergeant Steve Armstrong, of Northumbria Police said: “Balan’s actions that night were irresponsible and incredibly dangerous.

“The laws of the road are not optional, they are not negotiable – they are there to keep people safe and by ignoring them Balan directly put the lives of Mr Robinson and other road users in danger.

He will be sentenced on 7 February.