Councils blame DEFRA for clean air zone delay

Birmingham and Leeds city councils have said that England’s first clean air zones will be “significantly postponed” due to a hold-up in delivering a system to allow the public to check their vehicles’ compliance.

In a joint statement made today on Tuesday, the two authorities said that they had been aiming to introduce their zones in January, on the assumption that the government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) would have the checker tool ready by October. This would allow local residents and businesses to find out if their vehicles meet the required emissions standard and so either buy a new one or opt to pay the charge.

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