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Road pricing is also not expected to feature in a string of announcements planned for next week on the government’s net zero strategy in the run-up to the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Welsh ports could be relegated to the sidelines as more ferry routes from Ireland to Europe start

There were 12 routes between Ireland and Europe pre-Brexit but this has now risen to 44

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  • Students solar-powered camper van turns heads on 1,800-mile road tripDutch team designed and built two-person van with kitchen, bed, shower, loo and range of up to 450 miles a day. A team of students from the Netherlands are due to complete an 1,800-mile (3,000km) road trip across western Europe in a solar-powered camper van that they designed and built themselves.
  • What is cabotage and why have UK road freight rules changed?Grant Shapps has announced policy aimed at foreign lorry drivers to help ease supply chain problems. Foreign lorry drivers to be allowed to make more UK deliveries. Ministers have announced plans to allow foreign lorry drivers to make an unlimited number of pick-ups and drop-offs within a fixed period in the UK in a move aimed at tackling supply chain problems. Announcing the rule change, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said: We don't want abotage to sabotage our industry.

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  • GM Clean Air Zone Financial Support Scheme for HGVs to launch in NovemberA financial support scheme to upgrade or retrofit Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to comply with the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone will open to applications this Autumn.   Greater Manchester-registered HGVs will be able to apply for funding support from 30 November, if approved by the GM Air Quality Administration Committee this week.    The Clean Air Zone, launching on 30 May 2022, is a key component of Greater Manchester’s green revolution, helping to tackle the problem of air pollution, which contributes towards at least 1,200 deaths per year in the city-region. &n...

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