Ten cities agree to ban 'dirty' trucks
24 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Ten Dutch cities have agreed to ban the worst polluting goods trucks from entering their city centres from the spring of 2007. Even stricter measures will be enforced in 2010 to cut air and noise pollution.
24 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Ten Dutch cities have agreed to ban the worst polluting goods trucks from entering their city centres from the spring of 2007. Even stricter measures will be enforced in 2010 to cut air and noise pollution.
This is agreed in a covenant being signed in Tilburg on Friday by the local authorities, Environment junior minister Pieter van Geel and representatives of the transport sector.
The cities involved at Tilburg, Delft, Eindhoven, The Hague, Haarlem, Helmond, Den Bosch, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
This time next year only good trucks fitted with soot filters and the latest engines will be allowed to operate within the centres of these cities. The rules will also apply to the municipalities' own vehicles. Van Geel is to work to get more cities to sign the covenant.
The transport sector originally did not support the plans by a number of municipalities to allow only the trucks with the most economical engines into the city centre. Following negotiations, Van Geel and the cities agreed to a more gradual introduction of the environmental zones.
The covenant also contains agreements on making it easier for transport companies to bring supplies to shops in the cities.
EVO, the umbrella body for transport companies, said it was pleased with the deal. "The knife cuts both ways. The environment is improved, in combination with measures to increase the efficiency of keeping the city centres supplied," EVO general manager Dick van den Broek said.
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Subject: Dutch news