Local Hauliers open to low emission zones

Stuart Smith 2011, News

North east hauliers have said they would accept the introduction of low emission zones within the centre of Aberdeen when the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is completed.

The subject was one of the points discussed at the second Nestrans Freight Forum which was chaired by Nestrans vice chairman Eddie Anderson from hauliers ARR Craib.

“There was a general consensus that city centre restrictions for older vehicles would not be an issue as air quality is something that concerns all of us,” said Mr Anderson.

“In addition, most north east based operators run newer than average age fleets and any penalty enforced would likely affect companies from outwith the locality. Consultants AECOM are currently undertaking a feasibility study regarding the introduction of a low emissions zone in the city and our members are working very closely with them.”

Almost 30 delegates attending the forum were also updated on the progress of the Strategic Demonstration Project for Motorways of the Sea initiative by Philip Smart of Aberdeenshire Council while Nestrans Transport Strategy Manager, Rab Dickson outlined key projects within the region, including the AWPR, plans for the upgrading of Haudagain roundabout and the altering of traffic light phasing on Wellington Road to allow easier throughput of HGVs, in addition to progress on the Freight Action Plan launched at last year’s inaugural forum.

The priorities for the rest of the year for forum members include a review of city centre delivery curfews, a deliveries and distribution strategy for the retail industry in Aberdeen and an investigation into the provision of overnight parking facilities for hauliers to the south of Aberdeen.