As the UK aims to reduce emissions by 2030, Clean Air Zones are introduced all over the UK, but how will it affect you?
Cities across the UK are being pushed to implement plans to tackle air pollution. This means that in some cities, the most polluting vehicles will be charged for driving if they enter a Clean Air Zone. The Government has named 23 local authorities where pollution levels are expected to reach illegal levels by 2021.
By 2021, there's expected to be over 20 Clean Air Zones across the UK.
But what are Clean Air Zones, and will they actually benefit us and the planet?
A Clean Air Zone is a defined area where action is taken to improve air quality. An area is set by the local authority, usually city centres - meaning some vehicles can be charged or fined for entering.
A local authority can set the area to a single road, or part of a city.
The plans set out by local authorities will discourage the most polluting vehicles from entering.
Different authorities will be able to set their own Clean Air Zones, each council was asked to create an Air Quality Improvement plan and submit it to the Government by March 2018.
Clean air zones will be sign posted similar to how the congestion signs appear, they will also display what category vehicle
Clean Air Zone proposals are not required to include a charging zone. If local authorities do propose one, they should set out the detail of where it will apply, and the vehicle types to which it would apply.
If charges are implemented in a Clean Air Zone, then you will be charged per day, and that will range from £6 to £12.50 for cars and £50 to £100 for lorries and buses.
Potentially costing you over £3,000 a year just to drive in a city or through a certain area.
Anything with wheels and a combustion engine will have to fall in line with the requirements of a Clean Air Zone. Lorries and buses will be hit the hardest as well as older cars. Even motorbikes will have to adhere to the Clean Air Standards.
Older diesels will be hit the hardest - Your diesel car will have to meet Euro 6 standards, roughly, if you diesel car is older than 4 years old, then it does not meet Euro 6 standards and it's highly likely that you will be charged.
Petrol cars that don't meet Euro 4 standards will be penalised too. Roughly, any petrol car older than 12 years old will likely be charged too.
Potentially over 4,000,000 petrol cars affected.
Below are the different types of Clean Air Zones and the minimum standards that are set for vehicles in certain zones. In all cases, charging zones would apply only to older, higher-polluting models of the vehicle types, so as to have a targeted impact on pollution.
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