Clean air zones are coming. This April sees London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone come into force and whilst London leads, more UK cities are set to follow.
The ‘Road to Zero’ maps the government’s long-term goal to achieve zero emissions by 2050. These plans include implementing Clean Air Zones (CAZ) across more UK cities in the coming months and years. We have highlighted some of those in scope below. (Source FleetNews).
More clean air zones rolling out soon.
To achieve the ‘Road to Zero’ goals we will likely see many more local councils across the UK being assigned mandated C02 targets soon.
Southampton CAZ charging expected in 2019, Bristol CAZ expected 2019, Birmingham CAZ expected in January 2020, Leeds CAZ will be introduced in January 2020, , Bath CAZ expected by the end of 2020, Sheffield CAZ planned for 2020, Leicester CAZ expected by 2026, Oxford Zero emissions zone planned for 2020.
The Scottish Government plans to have four Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in operation by 2020, with the first already up and running in Glasgow. Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee expected to follow.
How might this affect my fleet running costs?
A driver of a 4 year old (non-Euro 6 diesel) vehicle driving into the ULEZ zone in London daily can expect to pay £11.50 to enter the Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), plus an additional £12.50 to enter the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
That equates to over £670 a month for just one vehicle (HGV drivers can expect to pay more).
Now imagine the impact of running multiple vehicles in and out of these zones every day. BVRLA statistics estimate that over 80 per cent of all vans on the UK roads are more than three years old, so the impact could be huge.
To circumvent clean air zone charges your vehicles must meet certain criteria:
• Diesel – Euro 6 or better (registrations after 1 September 2015)
• Petrol – Euro 4 standard or better (registrations after 1 January 2006)
• Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell – all are compliant and avoid CAZ charges
• Hybrid electric – assuming the combustion engine meets the above criteria