Bradford CAZ could charge HGVs
£50 from October 2021
Bradford Council recently announced plans to introduce a Class C clean air zone (CAZ) from October
2021 as part of measures to reduce emissions in the city.
Pre-Euro VI heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) would be charged £50 per day to enter the zone, while
pre-Euro 6 diesel and pre-Euro 4 petrol light goods vehicles (LGVs) would need to pay £9. Private cars
are exempted from charges.
The council is also considering additional financial measures to encourage operators to switch to
cleaner vehicles. This includes grants of £15,000 to retrofit or replace non-compliant HGVs and
grants of £5,000 for LGVs.
Consultation on the proposals closed late last month. Its responses will now be used to prepare
final CAZ proposals, which will need to be approved by the city council before final submission to
government in summer 2020.
10 Removals & Storage April 2020
PRIVATE CAR LGV
grant of £15k
grant of £5,000
Euro 6 – diesel
Euro 4 – petrol
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Source: City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Clean Air Zone Charging, www.bradford.gov.uk/media/5716/charge-table.pdf
to prepare for
Fleet operators can now use an online tool to
check if their heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be
charged a daily fee to enter clean air zones (CAZs)
across the UK, the first of which will enter into
force in Birmingham and Leeds this summer.
To use the service, operators need to provide the
vehicle’s registration number and select the cities
in which they plan to drive. The tool then checks
the vehicle’s emission standard against the criteria
of each zone and outlines any charges they can
expect to pay.
The service cannot check vehicles that are
registered outside the UK, and at present can only
provide information about daily charges for the
CAZs entering into force in Birmingham and Leeds
later this year. Birmingham’s class D CAZ will be
introduced by July at the earliest, while Leeds will
enforce a class B charging CAZ from 28 September.
Both zones will charge pre-Euro VI HGVs £50 per
day to enter.
Additional cities such as Bath and Sheffield are
expected to be added to the service following
government approval of their CAZ proposals.
London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has its
own dedicated tool for checking charges, which is
accessible on the Transport for London website
The RAC recommends that as the system is still
in development stage, drivers should double-check
their vehicle’s emissions standards with the
manufacturer rather than relying purely on
registration number to determine whether or not
a vehicle can enter a CAZ without being charged.
CLEAN AIR UPDATE
Plans for a clean air zone (CAZ) in Coventry have
been scrapped after its city council presented
government with alternative measures to improve air
quality in the city without penalising road users.
Rather than implementing a charging zone,
Coventry City Council will now receive from
government £24.5m to invest into traffic management
technology to re-route vehicles from its most polluted
areas, motorway improvements to ease congestion,
improved pedestrian access and cycle routes, a fleet of
electric buses and a network of charging points across
the city to improve the uptake of electric vehicles.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has urged
other local authorities to follow Coventry’s example,
hailing its decision as a victory for common sense on
the grounds that the UK’s commercial vehicle fleet
will achieve Euro VI emission standards within a few
years as a result of natural fleet replacement cycles.
Coventry City Council will now undertake a full
consultation with local business and residents on its
revised air quality plans before submitting a full
business case to government by 19 June this year.
In 2017, Coventry was one of 28 cities forecasted
by government to have nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels
exceeding legal limits by 2021. The city council
resisted the implementation of a charging zone
because of the impact it would have had on the
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