Several towns and cities in the UK are establishing initiatives to reduce high levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by pollution from older cars, vans and other vehicles. London became the first region to charge drivers of high-emission vehicles, and many others are proposing to adopt ‘clean air zones’ in the future.
What are clean air zones?
Clean air zones (CAZs) and low emission zones (LEZs) are areas where local authorities have taken action to cut pollution and improve air quality. Vehicles which do not meet low emission standards are charged for entering these particular zones in an attempt to encourage drivers to modernise their vehicles or use public transport.
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According to research by , 75% of UK SMEs state that they are in favour of clean air zones, with 61% saying that they would be prepared to pay to enter one of these areas to help tackle air pollution.
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How much does it cost to travel in a clear air zone or low emission zone?
The price for entering a clean air zone will vary by region. Full details are available on the websites of local councils.
See below the effective dates and charges for vehicles in the proposed regions:
* Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is being phased in – phase 1 was introduced on 31 December 2018 and applies to buses only. Phase 2 will be implemented on 31st December 2022.
** From 26 October 2020 Low Emission Zone (LEZ) emissions standards will be tougher for heavier vehicles. tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/changes-to-the-lez