Outside of the capital, which is regulated by the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and recently expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), there are now three CAZs already in operation – Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Over the coming months and years, many more UK cities will be implementing Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones and Logistics UK is keen for its members to share their experiences of operating within these zones.
The Portsmouth CAZ will result in a daily charge of £50 being issued for diesel HGVs that do not meet Euro VI emissions standards.
Logistics UK’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) briefing note covers the business group’s position on urban air quality restrictions and contains information on all CAZs in development, including Low Emission Zones and other clean air measures proposed for cities across the UK.
Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy – South, Logistics UK, said: “Logistics UK’s position is to ensure that these schemes are introduced in a consistent way to avoid a patchwork of different regulations. We are also calling for support for those operators with the least means to replace vehicles, such as small businesses and operators of high-value, low mileage specialist vehicles.
“Clean Air Zones primarily aim to speed up the fleet replacement cycle, and this process is well underway. At the end of 2019, Euro VI HGVs accounted for over half of the UK fleet. Using historical trends, it is predicted that Euro VI HGVs will account for nearly 78% of the total number of vehicles by the end of 2022. This implies that authorities wishing to drive reductions will need to consider additional policies, because the environmental improvements driven by Clean Air Zones will begin to slow as the fleet moves to lower-emission vehicles.”
To share your experiences of operating within Clean Air Zones, please send your feedback to Natalie Chapman outlining the details. Logistics UK’s Member Advice Centre is available to support members with technical or operational questions about CAZs. You can access the updated briefing note by visiting the link below