MANY UK readers will probably be aware of the Clean Air Zones that are being introduced through the UK. I have been asked by the Military Vehicle Trust to look into this and, at the time of writing, I, along with a colleague, have been working on this for more than 16 months. There are 60 proposed schemes along with four different levels of restrictions that can be implemented. They include:
Scheme A: (Not seen one of these);
Scheme B: HGV, buses, coaches;
Scheme C: HGV, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire taxis; and
Scheme D: HGV, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire taxis, and private cars.
The government has a framework document drawn up between DEFRA and the Department for Transport.
This document was sent out to local authorities which then had to identify areas that have ‘illegal’ levels of vehicle related toxic fumes, ie carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides etc.
Vehicles that are exempt from charges include diesel engine vehicles over 3.5 tons with Euro 6 emissions, usually manufactured from 2016 onwards, and in some cases petrol engine vehicles with Euro 4 emissions.