New figures released today by the BVRLA show that 4 out of 10 small and medium-sized businesses are unaware that Clean Air Zones (CAZs) will start to be implemented in towns and cities across the UK as early as next year.
Over a third are unaware that the CAZs are likely to involve charges for all but the most modern and least polluting diesel vehicles. In some cities, these charges will be as much as £100 per day for an HGV and £12.50 per day for other vehicles such as taxis and vans.
Some local authorities have already announced plans to charge drivers of more polluting diesel cars a CAZ-entry fee.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “Unless more is done to publicise the impact of these various Clean Air Zones and mitigate their impact, hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country will be hit with a new regional road transport tax that will bring additional cost and confusion at a time when firms are already dealing with Brexit-related economic uncertainty.