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Storrington village launches LEZ trial

  • 18 July 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

A low emission zone (LEZ) trial in a Sussex village (CM 29 May) was introduced in preference to HGV re-routeing because enforcement would have required high levels of policing, according to the council.

In May, Storrington in West Sussex became what is believed to be the first village to pilot an LEZ after Siemens offered to manage the process. Four ANPR cameras were installed to monitor traffic and vehicle types, but no enforcement will take place during the trial.

A report by the Sussex Air Quality Partnership said 20mph zones, traffic re-routeing and gating were all rejected as methods of improving air quality.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) said: “Data has begun to be collected, though it will be some time before we get data we are confident about reporting on.

“WSCC did look at putting an HGV restriction on the route and this was concluded as being difficult as there are farms and businesses that need to be serviced. Enforcement of this type of restriction would also require a high level of police enforcement that may not be forthcoming.”

These comments came as an expert in respiratory toxicology told a group of MPs that the health benefits of London’s LEZ had failed to materialise.

Dr Ian Mudway from Kings College London told the environmental audit committee last week: “We are looking at an effect that has been driven by a decrease in PM [particulate matter] and NO2 [nitrogen dioxide] concentrations and they haven’t changed, not in a simplistic way. If you look at the things we actually regulate and the things that have the associations with health, they really haven’t changed and that’s because the technology didn’t deliver the benefits we projected they would have.”

  • This story first appeared in Commercial Motor’s 10 July issue. Why not subscribe?


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