Clean Air Zone legislation is having an impact on businesses of all sizes. Read on to find out where Clean Air Zones (CAZ) are located, when they are being introduced and how you can protect your business against charges.
The UK government has a long-term strategy to improve air quality across the UK by discouraging the use of older, more polluting vehicles. In addition, its short-term goal is to reduce the number of areas where air pollution breaches legal limits. As a result, central government tasked local authorities with improving air quality in their areas. Five cities were mandated to introduce a Clean Air Zone - Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton. The Government also named 23 other local authorities where it expected pollution levels to soon reach illegal levels.
Many local authorities are conducting feasibility studies and are going through the consultation process. Some had plans to introduce CAZs in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that some of these plans have been delayed - for example, Newcastle.
In October 2020, a joint review by Leeds City Council and central government concluded that the planned CAZ for the city was no longer required.
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