Leeds aims to cushion impact of Clean Air Zone

 

Leeds City Council has outlined its final plans for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to help cut pollution in the city, which will see buses, coaches and HGVs charged £50 a day.

The council will ask central government for £40m to bring in the scheme, which will cover more than half of the city from January 2020. It said it will improve air quality both inside and outside the zone.

”Local
Locally licensed taxis and private hires can pay £50 weekly

The scheme will charge ‘the worst polluting’ HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) but light goods vehicles and private vehicles would not be charged.

Changes to the scheme following a non-statutory consultation exercise include reduced charges. Buses, coaches and HGVs will be charged £50 per day, compared to a previously proposed £100 per day. Taxis and PHVs will still be charged £12.50 per day but locally licensed drivers can pay £50 per week.

Cllr James Lewis, executive member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment, said: ‘The plans we’re putting forward have been carefully developed following months of consultation with thousands of residents and local businesses to ensure they are the best plans for Leeds.

‘A key element of these proposals is the support we’re proposing to help affected local businesses transition to cleaner vehicles which avoid charges. We believe that it is important to help local businesses in order for the zone to most successfully reduce pollution.’

The scheme will be monitored via a network of purpose-built cameras. The council said it will request £13m (based on current best estimates) from the Government’s £255m Implementation Fund ‘to cover costs associated with the infrastructure and operation of the zone’.

It will also request £27m from the Government’s £220m Clean Air Fund to support local businesses to upgrade or retrofit affected vehicles through grants and interest-free loans.

A report to councillors states: ‘Significant concern has been raised by those impacted about the financial impact on their businesses because in many cases, they will need to replace their vehicles earlier than they would have planned and customers driving non-compliant vehicles may also choose to take their business elsewhere.’

The proposals come after the Government instructed the council to draw up a business case to tackle air pollution in Leeds after identifying parts of the city as being likely to fail legal air quality levels by 2020.

They will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s executive board next week before being submitted to the Government for approval.

An interactive map showing the proposed zone boundary is available online.

Register now for full access


Register just once to get unrestricted, real-time coverage of the issues and challenges facing UK transport and highways engineers.

Full website content includes the latest news, exclusive commentary from leading industry figures and detailed topical analysis of the highways, transportation, environment and place-shaping sectors. Use the link below to register your details for full, free access.

Already a registered? Login

 
comments powered by Disqus
 
 
highways jobs

TRANSPORT FOR WALES APPOINTMENT OF NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Transport for Wales
£425.00 per day
Transport for Wales (TfW) is a not for profit company, wholly-owned by the Welsh Government and established in 2015. Wales
Recuriter: Transport for Wales

Executive Director - Place

Lincolnshire County Council
Up to £130,000
Fantastic opportunities to join our team to help us shape the delivery of services across Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Transport and Depot Manager

New Forest District Council
Circa £45,000
New Forest District Council are looking to recruit a Transport and Depot Manager who will be the lead officer on fleet maintenance Marsh Lane Depot, Lymington
Recuriter: New Forest District Council

Pest Control Officer

Brent Council
£25,746 - £27,342 p.a. inc.
Salary range
Recuriter: Brent Council

StreetCare Supervisor (Highways)

South Gloucestershire Council
£28,221 - £30,756
The post holder shall be responsible for supervising the implementation of civil and structural engineering schemes Gloucestershire
Recuriter: South Gloucestershire Council

Senior Manager Roads (Structure, Lighting, Flooding & Design)

North Ayrshire Council
£52,818.84 - £56,034.29 per year
You will be involved in leading a professional Team of employees responsible for the management of all Roads Structures Irvine, North Ayrshire
Recuriter: North Ayrshire Council

Engineering Manager (Structures, Street Lighting and Signals)

Plymouth City Council
£42 806 - £47,546
We are looking for a dynamic Engineering Manager Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Highways Maintenance Manager

Plymouth City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Manager Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Highways Asset Manager

Plymouth City Council
£32,333 - £36,153
We are looking for a dynamic Highways Asset Manager to lead and co-ordinate our new Highways Asset Management team Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Engineer - Capital Projects

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council is looking to recruit an Engineer - Capital Projects. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Asset Management Officer (inc Signals)

Liverpool City Council
£27,358 - £31,401
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit an Asset Management Officer to assist with the delivery of highway maintenance... Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Technical Assistant

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Technical Assistant. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Divisional Manager - Major Projects

Liverpool City Council
£65,013 - £69,812
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Divisional Manager - Major Projects to act as the strategic lead Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Team Leader - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£41,846 - £46,560
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Team Leader to be responsible for the development and management of the highways Asset Management Team Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Site Supervisor

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to appoint Site Supervisors to supervise the City Council's highway construction works. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Principal Engineer - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Principal Engineer to assist in managing and maintaining highway and transport related assets Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Contracts Manager

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Contracts Manager based in Highways & Transportation. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Transport Coordinator

Camden London Borough Council
£32,473 - £37,670 per annum
We have an exciting opportunity for 2 highly customer focused Transport Coordinators to work in the busy Camden Transport Team. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Assistant Director, Community, Cultural and Leisure Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich
up to £100,830
In Greenwich we are immensely proud of our Maritime history, Greenwich Mean Time and Royal Status Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Commercial Manager (City Highways)

Leicester City Council
£41,846 - £44,697 per annum
The Commercial Manager is responsible for managing a large team of technical and administrative staff undertaking a broad range of functions. Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicester City Council