Leeds City Council is planning to introduce the ‘Leeds Clean Air Zone’ to reduce emission levels in the city centre as part of a nationwide clean up of our most polluted areas.
Leeds City Council are urging coach and bus operators to engage with its consultation into the introduction of a Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the city, which could be implemented as soon as next year.
The proposal for the Clean Air Zone is to cover the city’s core, which will be within the outer ring-road, with exception being made to the M621 that slightly runs through the proposed zone.
The proposals are said to only cover some commercial vehicles, which will have to meet Euro 6 engine standards for diesel vehicles and Euro 4 standards for petrol vehicles. Vehicles which aren’t compliant with these regulations will be set to face a daily charge of £100 for coaches, buses and trucks and £12.50 for taxis.
Leeds, as well as 28 other local authorities across the country, has been identified by the government as needing to introduce solutions in order to meet legal air pollution limits and improve air quality across these areas.
The consultation will be closing on 2nd March, with a start date for Leeds Clean Air Zone yet to be set by the Council – who have said this is ‘primarily because we are in the consultation phase and so no plans are finalised.’
“The guidance we have been given is that it has to be implemented ‘as soon as possible’ – with the end of 2019 being the absolute deadline, or we could face action from central government and environmental pressure groups such as Client Earth who have already taken the government to court three times.
“As such, we are working to hit the latter deadline as a minimum.”
Have your say on the proposed plans here.