Coronavirus may have halted the government’s plans, but many city councils across England are now underway with the Clean Air Zone scheme. Following in the footsteps of London, the next big city is Birmingham to reduce toxic vehicle emissions and to better the quality of air around us.
But how does the scheme work and how can it affect you?
Stoneacre Motor Group has broken down the aspects of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) to help you understand how cities are mapping out zones and city fees.
The main aim of CAZ is to greatly reduce the amount of emissions being built up in cities by the vehicles that constantly drive through them. Through the scheme, vehicles that don’t meet the stipulated regulations can be charged by the local authority, with only a select collection of vehicles exempt, including those with ultra-low emissions.
This is certainly an opportunity to think about exchanging your current vehicle for one with low emissions and become exempt from these extra fees. Many manufacturers of the likes of Toyota, Ford, Vauxhall, Renault and so on now offer hybrid, self-charging, plug-in or electric options – whether you want a small car, a SUV or even a van.
Alternatively, you could look at modifying your vehicle so it is complicit with the scheme, though you will need to notify your insurance company in case these changes affect your policy and could be costly.