delayed to spring 2022
Manchester is the latest UK city – after Bath, Birmingham and Leeds –
to push back the implementation of its clean air zone (CAZ) plans in a
bid to help local authorities focus on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Manchester will be postponing the rollout of its CAZ,
which is the largest zone outside London, to spring 2022.
The city also plans to slash the daily charge for non-compliant
(pre-Euro VI) heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to
£60, down from the £100 charge initially proposed.
In contrast, non-compliant vans (pre-Euro 6 diesels
and pre-Euro 4 petrols) will face a higher daily charge
of £10 when they come into the scope of the CAZ rules
at the start of 2023. This is an increase on the £7.50 cost
CAZ, which aim to tackle illegal levels of air pollution,
were due to be implemented in Bath, Birmingham and
Leeds this year. Bath and Birmingham’s zones have been
delayed until January 2021 at the earliest, while Leeds
London Congestion Charge increases
Transport for London (TfL) has upped the fee for vehicles entering the London Congestion Charge zone from
£11.50 to £15. The zone will also now operate between 7am and 10pm seven days a week rather than on weekdays.
The zone covers the same area as the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), meaning that non-compliant
vehicles must pay both charges to enter central London.
TfL says this is a temporary measure that will be kept under review. The higher charge aims to prevent the
capital’s roads from becoming highly congested and heavily polluted as more and more people opt for cars
over public transport during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move has been criticised by many industry associations and analysts as a cash grab that ignores the
economic impact of Covid-19 on removals and haulage firms operating in the capital.
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has not yet specified a new date of implementation.
A zero emissions zone (ZEZ) planned for Oxford in
December has also been put back to the summer of 2021.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has urged the
Government to review its nationwide CAZ framework
to include more stringent penalties for private vehicles,
after scientific evidence revealed that a significant fall in
car journeys over lockdown caused marked short-term
improvements to air quality in most of the UK’s major
cities. The RHA says the findings should prompt local
authorities to take stricter measures to cut emissions
from private cars rather than disproportionately
targeting HGVs, which account for a very small fraction
of total pollution.
Stricter rules for the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
covering most of Greater London will be
introduced from 1 March 2021 at the earliest.
From this date, rules will be tightened for lorries
(and vans of over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight)
in line with the requirements of the central
London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
This means vehicles that do not comply with
Euro VI emissions standards will need to pay a
daily charge of £100 to enter the LEZ. Pre-Euro
IV HGVs will need to pay £300 per day. This is
a significant increase on the current charge of
£200 and indicates that TfL is eager to deter older
commercial vehicles from entering the city.
HGVs that are ULEZ-compliant will already
meet the tougher LEZ standards, while HGVs
that pay to enter the LEZ from 1 March will no
longer need to pay a separate ULEZ charge.
The stricter rules were due to come into
force in October this year yet have been delayed
by four months to give businesses more time
to meet the new requirements as they face
demands from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The standards are being tightened to be in
line with Transport for London’s expansion of
the central London ULEZ to cover the whole of
Greater London for HGVs from 1 March 2021,
and inner London for vans and cars from
25 October 2021.
BAR Members are encouraged
to check how their fleets will
be affected by the tougher LEZ
standards at www.tfl.gov.uk/
New Eurogroup vehicle marks long
partnership with Agility
Eurogroup is using its recent investment in an 18-tonne
Standard, and incorporates enhanced safety equipment
DAF CF 410 as an opportunity to celebrate the 10-year
including high-visibility doors, all-round cameras and
anniversary of its client BAR Affiliate Agility, as well as its
side sensors to detect vulnerable road users. It also has
own 25th birthday this year. Eurogroup is one of the select
a bespoke tail lift that folds under the body when not in
few BAR Member suppliers to Agility that coordinates
use assisting crews with loading and unloading heavy
military move services to the Ministry of Defence.
items such as tool chests and pianos.
The five-door pantechnicon features a jointly
signwritten design displaying both companies’ logos on
a body by SBR Specialist Coachbuilders. The vehicle has
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been designed to meet London’s incoming Direct Vision
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