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Bradford Latest City to Introduce Clean Air Zone

As the Government seeks to transform Britain into a more sustainable nation ahead of the 2030 ban on new ICE car sales, cities across the country have begun implementing Low Emission or Clean Air Zones (LEZ/CAZ). Bradford, West Yorkshire is the latest such city, the CAZ there coming into force at the end of September.

Vehicles that don’t meet the standards set out by the local authority will incur a daily charge for entering the zone, discouraging owners of older, more polluting vehicles from driving into the city centre. Notably, private passenger cars and motorcycles are exempt from charges, as are compliant commercial vehicles. Are they? Just seems strange, it’s not the case in most other clean air zones.

Why Bradford?
Bradford was selected by the Government as an ideal candidate for a CAZ for a number of reasons. First and foremost, air pollution exceeds recommended levels in a number of places across the city, often in disadvantaged areas with a high percentage of young people under the age of 16. It’s hoped that the introduction of the CAZ will benefit those younger people the most, reducing the prevalence of asthma cases across the city.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council said: "Bradford is acting on a Government directive to implement a charging Clean Air Zone. We know that air pollution levels are too high and have damaging impacts on the health of too many of our residents. There’s no escaping that fact.

"After protracted negotiations with Government the CAZ has been designed very carefully to exempt private cars, motorbikes, and local businesses, while having an immediate and material impact on the air we all breathe. What we have to stop is polluting commercial vehicles from outside the district using Bradford as a de facto motorway, coming through the district but not stopping to do business here. The support from transport operators in the District has been incredible. 92% of taxis in Bradford are already compliant, along with over 370 buses meeting clean air zone standards.The Clean Air Zone will substantially reduce air pollution in Bradford and improve the health of residents, their families and our communities."

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