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Round-Up: E-scooter review launched, Air quality projects get funding, Proace City LCV revealed

E-scooter review launched

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The Government has launched a review into allowing e-scooters to be used on the road network and finding out the impact they may have on traditional forms of transport.

The Department for Transport said requirements for both e-scooters and those using them are being explored to make sure they are safe for use on roads and this includes a minimum age and vehicle standards as well as insurance requirements.

It added the review will also “consider if local authorities should have extra powers to manage the impacts of e-scooters on public space, for example where they can be parked.”

Air quality projects get Govt funding

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A number of local authorities have been granted £2.2 million in Government funding to develop projects to improve air quality.

The schemes will help councils develop and implement measures to benefit schools, businesses and residents and reduce the impact on people’s health and creating cleaner and healthier environments, it said and proposals receiving funding include projects and campaigns to:

  • reduce harmful emissions outside schools
  • encourage the take up of electric taxis
  • encourage more active transport through education, awareness, and the creation and improvement of cycling and pedestrian routes

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, said: “While air pollution has reduced significantly in recent decades, we know the impact that it continues to have on communities in the UK. That is why the government is committed to not only improving air quality on a national level, but also helping local authorities take action in their own areas. The projects supported by this latest round of funding demonstrate how local authorities can deliver innovative solutions for their communities, and we’ll be working with them closely to offer ongoing support.”

Toyota reveals Proace City LCV

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Toyota has added to its commercial vehicle line-up with the launch of the Proace City compact van.

The model is based on the same platform as the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo models and the Japanese manufacturer said its launch gives it a presence in 80% of the LCV market.

From launch, the panel vans will be offered in short and long body styles.

All can carry two Europallets in the load area, with slide-opening side doors and twin side-hinged rear doors that open to 180 degrees. Load area is 3.3m3 for the short body version and 3.9m3 for the long and the payload is up to one tonne.