How cities’ clean air zone plans measure up against DEFRA’s expectations

How England’s first five clean air zones will function is increasingly clear – although they are not quite what DEFRA may have anticipated. Gareth Simkins reports

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Birmingham City Council plans to charge car drivers to enter the city centre

Details of a group of English cities’ plans to prepare clean air zones are coming into focus. Leeds, Southampton and Birmingham recently opened consultation on their plans to charge older vehicles for entry, with Nottingham set to do so shortly. Meanwhile, Derby’s longstanding opposition to a CAZ appears to have faltered.

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