Hauliers have been urged to have their say on the Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ) proposals through an online consultation that closes on 12 August.
Leeds is one of the first wave of UK cities mandated by government air quality regulations to have a CAZ in place by 1 January 2020, alongside Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton.
The council put forward its final proposal for a CAZ last month, following feedback from affected businesses on an earlier consultation.
This saw the CAZ reduced in geographic scope and its daily fees halved for hauliers not meeting the required Euro-6 standards.
The council also said it would push government to help support a scheme for HGV retrofit accreditation.
It also took part in a Commercial Motor CAZ roadshow earlier this month (3 July), which saw hauliers putting questions directly to senior air quality managers at Leeds City Council.
James Lewis, deputy leader of Leeds City Council and executive board member for resources and sustainability, told CM: “Improving air quality in the city is a real priority for the council, and we are keen to engage with all affected trades and businesses around the proposed clean air charging zone and additional measures.
“We want to make sure that our final business case is as strong and robust as possible and includes the needs of HGV operators in terms of asks and financial support from government, to make moving to more sustainable models of vehicle possible, and a viable option to achieve the better air quality we all need.”
The consultation is open until 12 August, so make sure you have your say about how the plans will affect your operation.