Clas­sics win air zone

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A con­sul­ta­tion on air qual­ity for Eng­land has been pro­posed, and ‘clean air’ zones have been mooted.

These zones would work like Lon­don’s Con­ges­tion Charge Zone, and aim to im­prove air qual­ity by charg­ing tar­iffs for en­ter­ing a zone in par­tic­u­lar types of car. But, clas­sics reg­is­tered as his­toric (which must have been built or first reg­is­tered be­fore 8 Jan­uary 1977) will be ex­empt from any charges to en­ter any of these pro­posed zones.

A spokesper­son for the Gov­ern­ment says: ‘Poor air qual­ity is the largest en­vi­ron­men­tal risk to public health in the UK and in­vest­ing in cleaner air and do­ing even more to tackle air pol­lu­tion are pri­or­i­ties for the UK gov­ern­ment. Ac­tion must be pro­por­tion­ate, though, with the in­ter­ests of lo­cal peo­ple at the heart of ac­tion to im­prove air qual­ity.’

So far, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have re­mained quiet on the is­sue, but plans are be­ing con­sid­ered for the Greater Manch­ester area with clean air zones un­der de­lib­er­a­tion for Manch­ester, Bolton, and Bury. Rec­om­mended daily charges would be £7.50 for cars, £20 for LGVs and £100 for HGVs. These charges would op­er­ate 24 hours a day.

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