We want to hear your views about our proposal to clean up the air in Leeds, by charging the worst polluting buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), taxis and private hire vehicles.
Leeds City Council are inviting organisations and not-for-profit organisations in Leeds and the wider region to have their say on our latest proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city. These proposals include implementing a Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ).
Our proposals come after the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) identified Leeds as one of many U.K. cities unlikely to comply with legal air quality levels by 2020.
As a result of this, the government instructed Leeds City Council and other cities to introduce a CAZ and take other actions to reduce air pollution as soon as possible. The latest proposals follow an informal consultation held earlier this year which received almost 9,000 responses from residents, businesses, and visitors.
This fantastic response has helped us understand how the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) could affect businesses and residents in Leeds. Based on these responses—and further economic, traffic and pollution analysis—we have made some alterations to our proposal:
• We have reduced the charge for HGVs, Coaches and Buses from £100 to £50.
• We have reduced the boundary of the CAZ to mitigate the economic impact on businesses in such a way that would not significantly reduce the effectiveness of the CAZ.
• We have clarified that daily charges would not apply for vans, minibuses (up to 16 seats excluding the driver) and disabled passenger vehicles (welfare minibuses) .
• We have stipulated which vehicles are eligible for sunset periods and exemptions
• We have outlined requirements for payment. The Clean Air Charging Zone remains a CAZ B, meaning that it would only charge the most polluting HGVs, coaches, buses, taxis and private hire vehicles.
In this consultation, we are asking for feedback on our proposed initiatives to support any businesses in Leeds that will be affected. We are also asking for ideas on what further measures we should consider in the future to further reduce air pollution by 2030. This consultation will run until the 12th August 2018.
You can find out more about the CAZ proposal, and events, and take part in the questionnaire at the following link: