9 February 2021
We reported in April 2020 that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had confirmed that the Government was postponing the introduction of all Clean Air Zones (CAZs) until 2021 (see Clean Air Zone postponement welcomed by transport operators).
This was to allow businesses to focus on moving goods and people during the pandemic and also recognised the difficulty of preparing for such far-reaching changes during a period of lockdowns and other restrictions.
However, the postponement period is coming to an end and the first CAZ is set to be launched in Bath on 15 March 2021.
With full details available at beta.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-clean-air-zone, Bath & North East Somerset Council explains that a daily charge will be payable for non-compliant vehicles from midnight to midnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), coaches and buses will be charged £100 a day unless their vehicles meet the Euro VI engine emission standard.
Defra has reported that over 230 businesses have created accounts to help with compliance of multiple vehicles in preparation for the introduction of further charging Clean Air Zones.
Firms with two or more vehicles can set up their accounts at www.gov.uk/check-clean-air-zone-charge.
They will then be able to upload number plates via spreadsheet (CSV) or one-by-one. The service will determine if the vehicles meet emissions standards in a zone using the number plates provided.
Only vehicles that do not meet emission standards will have to pay a charge.
The account will also provide access to CAZ maps, with details of when they go live and guidance about national and local exemptions.