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Almost half of fleets unaware of Clean Air Zones, BVRLA warns

The BVRLA is calling for more clarity over clean air zones, following research showing 40% of small and medium size businesses are unaware of the plans, or the cost implications for non-compliant vehicles.

London air quality

Clean Air Zones are being implemented across the country.

Clean Air Zones are mandatory in Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Southampton and Birmingham, with an additional 23 local authorities also earmarked and 33 more considering them as part of measures to improve air quality, the BVRLA explained.

With that in mind, the association said there needs to be more publicity of the impact they could have for fleets, including common standards between cities and ‘mobility credits’ offering drivers scrapping older cars the ability to use vehicle sharing or public transport via an app.

The calls echo Fleet World’s campaign to Save the Company Car, which argues that unclear air quality plans have the potential to cause significant problems for operators.

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.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.