Birmingham: Head of Clean Air Zone 'optimistic' about success
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A number of cities have already benefited from a clean air zone (CAZ), including Birmingham and Bath, as well as London’s recently expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Countless other cities are now in the process of enacting a form of a clean air zone in a bid to clamp down on inner-city vehicle pollution rates.
Bristol – Summer 2022
Bristol City Council has said 71 percent of vehicles are already compliant, with private petrol and diesel cars, taxis and light goods vehicles all being charged £9 per day.
Buses, coaches and HGV’s will all be charged £100 as the zone is set to run all day, every day.
The Council has also agreed to a £42million package of support with the Government, including almost £2million for those who need to change their vehicle and £32million for businesses.
Manchester – May 2022
The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone will launch from May 30, 2022, with a Clean Air Financial Support Scheme set to launch in January to help drivers upgrade their non-compliant cars.
Private cars, motorbikes and mopeds won’t be affected although HGVs, buses and coaches will be charged £60 per day from the end of May 2022.
It is set to be England’s biggest CAZ, spanning 10 local authority areas across Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford).
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Bradford – Spring 2022
Initial reports suggested the Clean Air Zone would be started in January 2022 although Bradford Council have recently delayed the charges until Spring.
Private cars and motorbikes are exempt from the charges even if they are used for work, whilst private hire vehicles and hackney carriages which are deemed non-compliant will need to pay £7 a day.
Minibuses and LGV’s will both be charged £9, with a £50 charge being levied onto coaches, buses and HGVs when entering the zone.
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