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Leeds clean air zone support includes PHV grants

Leeds City Council is inviting businesses to apply for £23m worth of financial support to help them prepare for next year’s charging clean air zone.

Leeds’ charging clean air zone goes live on 6th January 2020

Taking effect from 6th January 2020, the zone will target HGVs, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire – but not cars or vans – as approved by the Government.

Grants and interest-free loans are being made available to assist vehicle owners with the costs of switching to compliant vehicles. As well as support for buses, coaches and HGVs, the scheme also enables owners and leaseholders of taxi and private hire vehicles vehicles that have been licensed with Leeds City Council for one year or longer to choose between applying for either a £10,000 interest-free loan per vehicle (which can be used towards switching to a compliant model or retrofitting to LPG) or a £1,500 grant per vehicle to cover transitional costs.

The applications are open for taxi and private hire applications from 1st April.

Cllr James Lewis, executive member with responsibility for sustainability and resources, said: “By making the switch to cleaner vehicles more affordable for local businesses, this financial support will minimise the zone’s economic impact whilst helping to improve air quality in Leeds.

“With a finite amount of government funding available, we are prioritising support for owners of taxi and private hire vehicles licensed by Leeds City Council.”

Businesses likely to be affected are being urged to look at the vehicles they operate and begin taking steps to prepare for the introduction of the zone, including visiting the website.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.