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CAR POLLUTION CRACKDOWN IN BIRMINGHAM

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Polluting vehicles in Birmingham will be targeted over the next few days in a crackdown launched today by John Watt...
Polluting vehicles in Birmingham will be targeted over the next few days in a crackdown launched today by John Watts, minister for railways and roads.

Roadside checks will stop lorries, buses, taxis or cars suspected of breaking the law. Examiners from the Vehicle Inspectorate will work with police in the checks.

If a vehicle's exhaust emissions are unlawful, the owner will have to take the vehicle off the road straight away - after being allowed to take it home or to a garage; in other cases, the owner will have 10 days to have the fault put right.

Launching the crackdown, near the Rotunda in Birmingham city centre, Mr Watts said: 'We are absolutely determined to make sure we are doing everything possible to force polluting vehicles off the road. That's why we have given the go-ahead for these roadside checks.

'Drivers or owners of offending vehicles could face fines of up to £5,000 in the case of goods or public service vehicles and up to £2,500 in any other case. Heavy goods vehicle operators could also face action against their operating licences.'
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