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Low Emission Zones, How Might They Affect You?

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into force in April, with many towns and cities including Edinburgh set to follow similar approaches with their own Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in the very near future. The ULEZ currently operates in the same area as the Congestion Charging Zone (though it will expand further in October 2021) and vehicles that don’t meet the necessary emissions standards must pay £12.50 per day to enter (£100 per day for buses and lorries). So could your local area enforce something similar? And if so, how might it affect you?

How can The Leven Car Company help?

Our award-winning Eco Range can help you avoid CAZ charges while also potentially helping you and your drivers to make big savings on fuel, VED and BiK tax – you’ll be doing your bit to help the environment, too! Whether it’s a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or the fully electric car, we’ve got a car to suit you or your business. Check out our Eco Range to see how our advanced powertrains could save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Why are Clean Air Zones happening?

Firstly, let’s look at why Clean Air Zones are being implemented. The main reason, is that poor air quality is believed to be the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. Estimates suggest that poor air quality is responsible for approximately 40,000 deaths per year. The main offenders are nitrogen oxides (NOX) and fine airborne particulates.

Because of this, the government introduced the ambient air quality directive in 2008, which set legal limits and deadlines for air quality.

However, in 2016, 37 out of 43 zones still breached acceptable limits. The government was taken to court by ClientEarth and lost. As a result, the government needs to focus on its plans for improving air quality. Part of that focus is the introduction of Clean Air Zones.