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International Car Free Day

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote International Car Free Day on 21 September. (76276)

The Department for Transport sponsors the UK Co-ordinator of the “In Town, Without My Car!” Campaign who oversees the process by which local authorities in England and Wales register to participate in International Car Free Day, which is on 22 September.

Each local authority has been sent a newsletter and information about European Mobility Week, which will take place between 16 to 22 September, and they have been invited to register to participate in the event. A new Good Practice Guide has recently been published and is available free of charge to members of the public.

This year, “In Town, Without My Car!” Good Practice Guides and an information sheet “European Mobility Week—You Control Climate Change” were distributed to local authorities in England, Northern Ireland, the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Executive.

An advertisement to promote “In Town, Without My Car!” will shortly appear in an edition of “Local Transport Today” and a copy of the Good Practice Guide will be enclosed in each copy.

Regional workshops are being held and information linked to the campaign disseminated via the DfT website.

Additionally, the results of the campaign are registered on the website of www.22september.org and are used to monitor progress and the effectiveness of individual initiatives.