After a six-month trial period, the MaaS solution of NaviGoGo travel planning turned out to be a success. NaviGoGo was tested in Dundee and North East Fife and was aimed at young people from 16-25 years of age - who were also given a role in the design of the service. The MaaS service allowed planning, booking and payment of different transport services all using one single interface for a seamless travel experience in the region. The trial phase included 98 participants and saw more than 2,000 journeys planned and performed.
A summit to bring together policy makers, industry experts and stakeholders from across the world in an effort to tackle carbon emissions and find ways to improve air quality will take place in Birmingham in September of this year.
On Monday, the 21st of May 2018, Mayor of London Mr Sadiq Khan answered questions from London Assembly members on the subject of the just recently published Environmental Strategy of London. One Assembly Member requested details about the ‘T-Charge’ also known as the Toxicity Charge. This charge is a £10 addition to the existing Congestion Charge Zone, in place since October 2017. Petrol and diesel cars that do not meet Euro 4 standards now need to pay the additional charge during weekdays to enter the zone.
CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is organising a workshop in Birmingham on 7 June 2018 that will focus on UK practitioners, the particular challenges that they face, and explore the SUMP environment in the UK.
During a day of rich SUMP-focused learning, attendees will hear from mobility practitioners in local planning authorities, transport professionals, and academics from the UK and beyond engaging in innovative SUMP work.
From July 2019 in the UK, all new electric and hybrid cars will have to give off a noise when traveling at low speeds, while all existing vehicles will have to be retrofitted by 2021. The UK legislaiton implements an EU law from 2014, which allowed a 5-year transitional period for the implementation of the devices on new cars.
A new parking initiative by Greater Manchester Police and Tameside Council has introduced a different kind of parking space management around Manchester’s Russel Scott Primary School: instead of direct action by police, pupils from the primary school hand out ‘parking tickets’ to parents who do not respect the parking rules or show bad driving behaviour. The pupil’s ticket is a warning to car drivers, but anyone who is not reacting to this kind advice is in danger of receiving a penalty notice from police and council traffic officers the next time.
Wokingham Borough Council in the UK has approved an air quality action plan to address the air pollution problems in the town and at a nearby major crossroads. The need for the plan arose as a result of the town exceeding nitrogen dioxide air pollution limits in 11 locations, where the limit of 40 µgm/m² had been exceeded. Wokingham’s new air quality action plan aims to reduce emissions and meet the required standards by 2026.