Government launches Road to Zero Strategy

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The Government confirms ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra-low emission by 2030 as ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ released.

·         Strategy sets out ambition for at least 50% — and as many as 70% — of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030, alongside up to 40% of new vans.
·         Government will take steps to enable massive roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle revolution.
·         Strategy sets the stage for the biggest technology advancement to hit UK roads since the invention of the combustion engine.

The proposals outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy, sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks.

M6 Toll prices set to rise for the first time in 5 years

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A charge increase of up to 50p for vehicles using the M6 Toll will come into effect from 6am on Monday, July 30.

M6 Toll operator, Midland Expressway Limited has announced the increases which will be the first price rise for goods vehicles since 2012.

• Prices will rise for cars by between 30p and 50p per journey 
• For light goods vehicles by 10p - 30p
• For HGVs by 20p - 50p, depending on the journey made.

Prices will be frozen for night time journeys for all light and heavy goods vehicles to support operators during the on-going roadworks on the M6.

Andy Cliffe, chief executive of Midland Expressway, said: “Over 18 million journeys were made on the M6 Toll last year, moving a huge volume of traffic off the congested M6 and surrounding A roads. We are committed to encouraging more vans and HGVs off the M6 and onto the M6 Toll and our price rises for commercial vehicles have been carefully set to ensure that we continue the significant growth in HGV traffic on the M6 Toll that we saw in 2017.”

The past year has seen particularly strong growth in HGVs moving from the M6 onto the M6 Toll, with 17% growth in HGV usage in 2017, compared to a fall of 1.2% nationally.

Full details of the price rises are available here

Mayors call for ban of diesel and petrol cars by 2030

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Leaders of towns and cities from across England and Wales have called on the government to ban the sale of new ‘pure’ diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030.

The mayors and city chiefs said that banning the sale of new ‘pure’ diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030 would encourage car manufacturers and other businesses to innovate, helping ensure the UK was a world leader in low emission technology.

To ensure the roll out of an electric vehicle infrastructure needed to support such a move, cities should have the power to install charge points at petrol stations and private car parks that were publicly accessible.