The City of London clearly faces air pollution problems. Recently, it has announced a number of initiatives to tackle the challenge, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Now, London has taken another step and announced tests to restrict access to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) only. The announcement fits well with London’s air pollution mitigation actions and a change to on-street parking charges has been introduced which makes use of different charges for vehicles with lower emitting cars paying less whilst levying a higher parking charge on more polluting vehicles.
Different cities within the UK are investigating launching smart projects and developments to advance local service capability, evolve their competitiveness and enhance sustainability. One such example of an initiative designed to enhance city ‘liveability’ is ‘smart parking systems’.
In two London boroughs, a UK autonomous vehicle technology company has begun data collection as part of its intention to trial a shared driverless passenger service in 2019.
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The City of London Corporation, which provides public services for London's financial and commercial district, has introduced preferential parking rates for electric and hybrid vehicles within London's 'Square Mile'.
A consultation initiated by the UK Department of Transport, which investigates the possibility of introducing an offence for cyclists that cause a death through dangerous cycling, has been criticised by some cycling groups as ‘tinkering around the edges’.
The UK Department for Transport has opened a call to collect experience, evidence and expertise on how last-mile delivery services in commercial and residential areas can be made more sustainable.
In 2016, van traffic in the UK grew almost five percent due to internet shopping and the growth of home deliveries, adding to pollution and congestion in urban areas.
In order to address the city's existing transport problems, the City of Edinburgh Council has been developing a strategic document setting out three different options for the future development of mobility in the Scottish capital. One of the options would see a major change in the city’s transport system, including the pedestrianisation of key streets in central areas.
A feature of Londons new 'Vision Zero' road safety action plan has led to the Sadiq Khan to announce his intention to make the default speed in London 20 mph. Speed cameras, on-street enforcement and redesigned streets will also be part of a 'Safe System' approach. To see the full Vision Zero action plan see: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/vision-zero-action-plan.pdf
Two ambitious, safety-led targets have also been set by the mayor to eliminate London bus fatalities and reduce road deaths:
Policy on air pollution tends to focus on pollutants that come from the exhaust fumes of petrol and diesel vehicles, such as NO2 and particulate matter. Little attention is given to particulate matter emissions from brakes, tyres and road surface wear.