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In December 2015 the government announced new plans to improve air quality by reducing emissions in our towns and cities.
These plans set out local, regional and national measures to ensure that significant improvements will be made by 2025, and will build on the efforts already enforced to reduce pollution in order to benefit our environment, enhance our health and make the UK a better place to live and work.
One of the notable aspects of the new plans involves the introduction of ‘Clean Air Zones’ (CAZs) in five cities across the UK by 2020, in a bid to discourage the most polluting vehicles from driving in these areas. The zones will target areas where air quality is seen to be the most serious, which were announced as Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton.
The 2020 target for this enforcement will come at the same time as the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zones in London.
While plans for the five CAZ cities will only target the most polluting public and commercial vehicles, the London legislation will also affect private vehicles.
Government-funded studies will now take place to assess the specific requirements for successful implementation of the new zones, but are expected to include more park-and-ride schemes, replacing public transport with cleaner fleets and promoting alternative fuels. Taxis and private hire vehicles will also need to conform to regulations to reduce their polluting effect.
The measures for London will also require private vehicle users to adhere to new emission standards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or pay a daily charge.
So while the new plans will not specifically affect car owners outside of the London zones, there is a clear shift in attitude towards promoting and commending the use of low emission vehicles. ‘Ultra-low emission vehicles’ (ULEVs) are defined as those which produce less than 75g of CO2 per kilometre, and are becoming increasingly prevalent on our UK roads.
In lieu of the demand for cleaner driving and growth in the ULEV industry, Trusted Dealers is partnering with the Energy Saving Trust to bring a series of roadshows between 25th April and 4th May to the six UK cities which will be affected by the new plans.
Come along to one of the events to learn from specialists about the types of ULEV on the market, answer any queries you might have about owning such a vehicle, and the chance for a test drive. Check back on the ‘events’ page for updates and to register your interest.
To learn more about ULEVs, click here.
Trusted Dealers have partnered with the Energy Saving Trust to host a number of special ULEV events, led by industry experts, in six cities across the UK. To find out more and to register your interest, click here.