HGV and van operators invited to free Sheffield Clean Air Roadshow on 17 March

If your operation will be affected by Sheffield's Clean Air Zone (CAZ) plans, then make sure to put 17 March in your diary.

Sheffield City Council’s CAZ is due to come into force in 2021. This will see a ‘category C’ charging zone applied to buses, taxis, vans and HGVs.

It is being put in place to bring the city’s harmful NO2 & NOx emissions within legal limits as soon as possible.

The zone will cover the inner ring road and the city centre, including Park Square and the A61/Parkway junction.

To enter free of charge, HGVs and vans must be Euro-6 standard, with older vehicles expected to pay £50 per lorry and £10 for vans.

To help commercial vehicle operators located within the zone, or regularly travelling into Sheffield, our sister title Motor Transport is working with the city council to bring you a free half-day roadshow to answer all your questions.

You’ll hear directly from the council about its air quality plans and planned support measures to help local businesses, followed by a series of short workshops to help your fleet prepare for the zone.

In addition, you’ll also get to see a range of the latest Euro-6 and alternatively-fuelled vehicles on the market today.

Book today to secure a place, as numbers do tend to fill up quickly for these events. The event is being held on 17 March at Magna in Rotherham.

Financial standing levels remain unchanged in 2020

Money

The traffic commissioners have confirmed that there will be no change to the financial levels against which applications and continuations are assessed this year.

The rates of finance must be available to support a licence or application and so standard national and international licence applicants must continue to demonstrate that they have £8,000 for the first vehicle and £4,450 for each additional vehicle they request to be authorised.

The TCs have also confirmed that for a restricted licence application, operators will be required to show £3,100 for the first vehicle and £1,700 for each additional authorised vehicle.

Operators making variation applications will be required to demonstrate financial standing for their existing fleet and any additional authorisation against these levels.

Any applicant or licence holder appearing at public inquiry before a traffic commissioner after 1 January, where evidence of financial standing is requested, will be required to continue to satisfy these levels.

According to the senior TC’s guidance documents, TCs must revoke a standard licence if it appears that the licence holder no longer satisfies the requirement to be of the appropriate financial standing.

However, licence holders are allowed to request a period of time to rectify a situation where they cannot establish the required financial standing.

The TC is not obliged to grant a period of grace.