Traffic congestion and policy

Less traffic on roads

The number of vehicles on Essex's roads has decreased by over 50% according to the county council.

Traffic data from local authority showed that since the government's announcement over a week ago to "stay at home" residents were adhering to the advice.

Councilllor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "While it’s great to see such a reduction in travel, it’s critical that this continues to decrease, and that residents stay at home.

"Let’s not forget that in Italy and Spain the restrictions were much more stringent, with permits required to leave home and a ban on exercise outside the home."

Essex roads
Essex Roads Policing Unit - South

The government says valid reasons for leaving home are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household only
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Online check service launched ahead of clean air charges

An online checking service has been set up to help motorists prepare for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone (CAZ)

Birmingham
BBC

It allows drivers to check whether a vehicle will be charged for driving into the city centre when the CAZ comes into effect in July.

The proposals are to bring in fees for older vehicles, which release high levels of toxic emissions, that are driven within the city's ring road.

The service went live on the Department for Transport's website on Wednesday after it was initially expected in January.