Nottingham embraces CAZs differently

Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are not a one-size-fits-all solution to improving air quality, as agreed by Nottingham city council and DEFRA who believe the city does not require a charging low emission zone to meet its air quality targets.

This move has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) which hopes that other cities across the country take the same common-sense attitude to clean air policies.

Chris Yarsley, FTA’s policy manager for the Midlands commented, ‘The logistics sector is committed to reducing its vehicle emissions wherever possible and takes this responsibility very seriously. Yet it’s important any air quality improvement scheme is designed with the unique needs of each place in mind – what works for one city may not be suitable for another – and this result shows the authorities are listening and adapting. The decision to overturn the mandate that Nottingham must introduce a CAZ sets a welcome precedent that government will consider more tailored plans that reflect the needs of each community.’

Nottingham is the first local authority to have its air quality plan approved as part of the government’s mission to improve air quality nationwide.

Nottingham’s plan to improve air quality includes a range of measures, including retrofitting 171 buses with technology to reduce emissions; supporting an increase in low emission taxis; and introducing a taxi rank with charging points.