The BVRLA held its third regional roundtable to discuss plans to address poor air quality in Derby, one of the areas earmarked by Government to see the introduction of a Clean Air Zone.
BVRLA members, along with delegates from leading commercial fleets, met with Senior representatives of Derby City Council – including two representatives of the Council Cabinet – to put forward proposals to assist in developing an air quality plan that does not penalise business in the region.
The Derby City Council representatives re-emphasised their desire to improve air quality but announced that they have decided not to implement a Clean Air Zone and will look to address air quality through other means.
These include new investment into public transport, installation of new EV charging points, and providing a try-before-you-buy scheme to assist local businesses to look at different freight vehicles prior to purchase.
Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Public Protection said: “Derby City Council is committed to improving air quality across our streets and communities and have made it our priority to reduce pollution levels so our residents can live healthier lives.
“Everyone has a part to play. Having cleaner vehicles is a key part of reducing pollution and improving air quality in our city, and we’re excited to work with fleet operators to help support the move towards even more cleaner vehicles”.
To find out more about the series of regional air quality roundtables contact BVRLA Senior Policy Adviser, Patrick Cusworth.