Classics win air zone
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.