Birmingham: Head of Clean Air Zone 'optimistic' about success
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Portsmouth will introduce their Clean Air Zone on November 29, 2021, with daily charges being issued to non-compliant vehicles travelling through the city. Private cars, motorcycles and vans will not be charged in the CAZ in Portsmouth, while non-compliant taxis and private hire vehicles will be charged £10 per day.
Non-compliant HGVs, buses and coaches will be charged £50 per day.
If a driver does not pay the CAZ charge within the window, they will be charged a penalty charge notice of up to £120, in addition to the original CAZ charge.
Portsmouth will be following in the footsteps of Bath and Birmingham who have both launched their clean air zones this year, with Bath launching in March and Birmingham in June, as well as London’s expanded ULEZ in October.
Portsmouth is in the unique position of having a Clean Air Zone, which not only affects the residents of the city, but also those on the Isle of Wight.
For drivers on the Isle of Wight to reach the mainland UK, they either need to travel to Portsmouth or Southampton by ferry and drive through the city centre to reach their destination.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “I think the main area of concern has been from the Isle of Wight because the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry is the main route for them.
“It carries a lot of freight traffic and people are worried that it’s going to hurt the economy of the island quite badly.
“But actually, we can’t design a scheme just for older and polluting vehicles to drive through Portsmouth and get the ferry to the Isle of Wight.
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“The point is to get older and polluting vehicles not to drive through Portsmouth.”
Hayley Trower, Air Quality Improvement Manager for Portsmouth City Council, also commented on the CAZ and what it will mean for drivers.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, she said: “With the grants we’ve been giving out, we’ve been able to help businesses not only in Portsmouth but also on the Isle of Wight who can demonstrate that they drive through the CAZ regularly.
“They’re not being treated differently to any other business but what our evidence has shown is where our two illegal levels of pollution are, it is heavily trafficked by vehicles going to the Isle of Wight.
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