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In the papers today - Monday 26 February

A Whitehall watchdog has told councils to stop relying on speed cameras as their main tool for promoting road safety in a report published today
The Audit Commission urged councils to switch their emphasis towards driver education rather than concentrating on enforcement - The Daily Telegraph German airline Lufthansa plans to introduce a voluntary emissions surcharge on tickets before the end of the year, with the takings going to charities and projects that fight global warming. The airline said the move was prompted by customer requests. But it could also be seen as a reaction to pressure for airlines to sign up to the EU's carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme - The Financial Times The battle between a French nuclear group and an Indian wind power company for control of a German turbine maker could have repercussions for a big wind farm tender in Portugal. India's Suzlon Energy, the world's fifth-largest wind turbine maker, has launched a Eu1bn (£670M) cash bid for Repower of Germany, topping an earlier Eu800m (£536M)offer from France's Areva, the world's biggest producer of nuclear power plant equipment - The Financial Times The number of miles clocked up by ministerial drivers has increased sharply, calling into question the Government's commitment to reducing carbon emissions. According to a Commons written reply. Whitehall's car and despatch agency drove 2,394,200 miles in 2004-05 and 2,834,000 in 2005-06 - The Daily Telegraph Plans to bring in road pricing have suffered a triple blow with only a tiny number of voters in favour, a growing Labour revolt against the idea and serious doubts about the technology to be used. Back-bench fears that road pricing could be Labour's poll tax were underlined in the YouGov survey, commissioned by The Daily Telegraph, which showed only 9% of voters backing the idea - The Daily Telegraph Local authorities are seeking wide new powers to seize vehicles without a court order in a move that could affect thousands of innocent motorists. A private bill going through parliament with minimal debate has been promoted by Transport for London and local authorities in the capital. The Bill would give councils the right to seize cars whether illegally parked or not, and impound them for all unpaid road penalties - The Times

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