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Clean Air Zones continue to be introduced across Britain


Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones are continuing to be implemented in cities across the UK in the coming months.

Bath, Birmingham, London, Oxford and Portsmouth already have schemes in operation, while Bradford’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is due to be introduced on 26 September 2022.

In Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen already have Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in operation, but enforcement is not due to begin until 2023 and 2024.

In the south west, Bristol City Council has announced that its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will go live on 28 November 2022. Focused on the city centre, this will be a Class D zone, which applies to buses, coaches, taxis, HGVs, vans and cars. HGVs which do not meet the minimum Euro VI standard will have to pay a daily charge of £100 whilst non-compliant vans will be charged £9 a day.

In the north east, proposals for a phased introduction of Newcastle and Gateshead’s CAZ are due to be considered shortly. The plans will see the implementation of a class C CAZ, which affects buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs and vans, but not private cars. The CAZ will cover most of Newcastle city centre, including routes over the key bridges into the city. Daily charges are expected to be £50 for non-compliant HGVs and £12.50 for non-compliant vans.

Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy, Logistics UK, said: “While Logistics UK supports the efforts of city councils to improve the quality of their air, our position is to ensure that these schemes are introduced in a consistent way to avoid a patchwork of different regulations.

“However, the schemes announced so far all have varying levels of regulation, some charging just for HGVs to enter, others charging for all vehicle types. Given this varied and ever-changing picture, we are committed to keeping our members updated through the publication of our monthly Clean Air Zone member briefing notes.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/caz

Published On: 28/07/2022 16:00:15

 

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