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App will allow Dubliners to report HGVs

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As HGV traffic in Dublin has fallen, the number of cyclists has doubledLEON FARRELL/PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Dubliners will soon be able to use their mobile phones to check if large trucks using city streets are in breach of the general ban on heavy goods vehicles. The smartphone app being developed will allow members of the public to carry out real-time verification on whether vehicles are authorised to deliver or collect goods — and notify the city council of any suspected breaches.

It comes as Dublin city council marks the tenth anniversary of its HGV management strategy which prohibits five-axle vehicles from entering the city centre without a permit.

Brendan O’Brien, the council’s acting executive manager of traffic, said the ban had resulted in removing more than 15.2 million HGV journeys from the city centre area, including more than 1.6 million last…

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