Portsmouth launches Clean Air Zone

The UK city of Portsmouth has launched its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for non-compliant commercial vehicles. Buses, coaches, taxis and HGVs that do not meet Euro 6 standards will be charged for entering the CAZ. Taxis and private hire vehicles that do not meet the standard will be charged £10 a day while larger vehicles will pay £50 a day.

Private vans and cars will not be affected and nor will certain other vehicles such as emergency services and military vehicles.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment, said: “Today is the day the clean air zone launches, but we should be speaking about air quality every day. There are so many ways we can all make a difference to the air quality in our city.

“It might be using public transport more, ditching the second car and joining a car club, making your next vehicle electric, or walking, catching the bus or renting an e-scooter for your next short journey.

“As a council we’re working on creating the best possible conditions for these changes, from installing on-street electric car charging points and bicycle parking to extending the rental e-scooter trial and prioritising walking and cycling routes for residents.”

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