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Village LEZ go-ahead takes Freight Transport Association by surprise

  • 04 June 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

A Sussex village is trialling a 12-month low emission zone, with a view to making it permanent.

The move by Storrington, in the Horsham district of West Sussex, has surprised the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which said it had not been consulted, although it has previously passed comment on initial proposals.

Horsham District Council said four cameras would count and record the number of HGVs, buses and cars passing through the village and identify their emission levels by looking at the vehicle registration date.

Data from the trial will be used to investigate whether there would be air quality benefits by restricting certain vehicles, such as the LEZ deployed in London (pictured), but there would be no enforcement during the trial.

Natalie Chapman, FTA head of policy for London and the South East, said she had a real concern about the council’s strategy:
“We hope it’s not a backhanded way of banning trucks from the village. I would be very concerned with them going ahead with any scheme.

“What we have found is when cities that have an air quality problem have looked at vehicles, the bigger problem has been local buses,” she said.


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