Slough aims to cut NOx with low emissions strategy

HGVs travelling through Slough could be forced to clean up their act after the council said it had been given government money to cut transport emissions.

Although an official announcement has not been made, the funding award and plan were contained in a recent impact assessment report looking into an M4 widening scheme.

The Berkshire town’s council said it had secured funding from Defra to develop a low emission strategy, which will be published in spring 2016.

It said: “The strategy is aimed at reducing NOx emissions from road transport in the borough. The objective is to comply with NO2 limits by 2020, 10 years after we should be complying with the EU limits.”

A council spokeswoman told it was putting together a strategy and that a public consultation would follow in January. Despite many towns and cities investigating the potential of low emissions zones, only London has a working zone that affects commercial vehicles.

The West Sussex village of Storrington is using four ANPR cameras to generate data that will determine whether it launches such a zone.

Mercedes-Benz to start offering the Jimmy Beam Down Light safety system

Mercedes-Benz has said it may start offering the Jimmy Beam Down Light (JBDL) safety system as an option on new trucks if a trial demonstrates “calculable benefits and advantages”.

The system is fitted to an Econic 8x4 Triple (tridem) rear-steer tipper demonstrator and Mercedes is considering fitting it to other Econic demonstrators including skip-loader, cement mixer and refuse collection variants, a spokesman said.

The latest JBDL system features a slow-speed feature that turns the lights on when travelling at 15km/h or less and a feature that makes the downlights flash with the indicators.