Leeds City Council has launched a consultation inviting residents, workers, and commuters in Leeds to give their views on its air quality proposals, including:
- Introducing a Clean Air Zone covering roads within the outer ring road that would charge buses, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles which fail to meet the latest emissions standards for vehicles (Euro 6).
- Raising the emissions standard of taxi and private hire vehicles to ultra-low-emission vehicles and seeking funding to assist local drivers with the cost of replacing vehicles.
The consultation also includes other proposals that would work alongside the Clean Air Zone to help the city achieve compliance with legal air quality levels in the shortest possible timescale. These include exploring support packages to work with businesses and residents to increase the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles, raising awareness of air pollution and actions that individuals can take, and working alongside the transport strategy to encourage people to shift their choice of transport.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment said: “Reducing air pollution in Leeds is vitally important for the health of our city and something that we have to tackle now.
“The comments we receive as part of this consultation will help us provide a rounded proposal to submit to government later this year and ensure we are asking for support in the right areas, making sure we have the right funding to deliver the best possible proposal for Leeds.”
The BVRLA is co-hosting an air quality roundtable discussion in Leeds on 25 January, where the association’s specialists will be joined by local policymakers and industry experts.