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Haulage industry faces up to the greens

5th June 1997, Page 10
5th June 1997
Page 10
Page 10, 5th June 1997 — Haulage industry faces up to the greens
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• Representatives of hauliers and truck manufacturers will get a chance to answer their critics when they debate Transport in Tomorrow's Environment at a conference later this month.

The Volvo-sponsored conference on 19 June is the centrepiece of Don't Choke Britain, a campaign run by the Local Government Association aimed at raising public awareness about traffic congestion and pollution, aimed at encouraging proper use of vehicles. More than 300 local authorities are taking part in the month-long campaign, hosting more than 1,000 events around the country. Conference speakers will include Transport Minister Glenda Jackson and representatives from Friends of the Earth, Transport 2000, Volvo and the Freight Transport Association. The Government hopes to measure the true extent of smog in London with a new high-tech air and weather monitoring unit opposite Madame Tussauds on Marylebone Rood—one of the country's most polluted roads. The 210,000 unit, which checks hydrocarbons, exhaust gases and airborne particles, will be used to provide a scientific analysis of the relationship between the weather, congestion and air quality.

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