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Majority of drivers unaware of what a clean air zone is

Nearly six in 10 (57%) of drivers don’t know what a clean air or ultra-low emission zone actually is despite the fact that there’s just weeks left until London’s ULEZ goes live.

The survey from Hitachi Capital UK finds six in 10 drivers are unaware of what a CAZ is

The study of 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Hitachi Capital UK uncovered a huge lack of consumer awareness on charging clean air zones, including that almost eight in 10 (79%) don’t know whether their vehicle will be exempt from charges.

However, amongst those aware of what charging clean air zones are, support is high for the introduction of the scheme. Half of motorists (50%) approve of the zones being introduced, even if they will be charged to enter, and a third of people (33%) think it would be ‘fair’ if companies pass the additional costs on to customers.

Jon Lawes, managing director for Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, said: “Despite the potential dent to our wallets, our research shows significant support for charging schemes that tackle pollution in our major towns and cities.

“It’s clear those polled believe something needs to be done – and fast. However, confusion exists amongst drivers as to whether their vehicle meets the required emissions standards to avoid these charges.

“Considering the average age of cars and vans on our roads is over eight years, vast numbers of diesel drivers in particular may be unaware they could be driving vehicles that would incur charges under the emission standards requirements.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.