Nottingham to avoid low emission zone

3rd Dec 2018

Nottingham will not introduce a low emission zone to tackle air quality targets, it has been announced, as alternative plans were approved in November.

The council has been working with the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) to identify how to reduce pollution in the city without harming the haulage sector, which is so vital to commerce in the region. The decision has been welcomed by The Road Haulage Association and The Freight Transport Association.

The Government had previously ruled that the cities of Nottingham, Leeds, Southampton, Birmingham and Derby must implement a clean air zone (CAZ) to meet emission limits for nitrogen dioxide.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I am delighted to approve Nottingham City Council’s new air quality plan. Air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK and these government-funded plans will clean up the air in the city centre, protecting residents and visitors alike.

“The plans have been finalised thanks to hard work and collaboration - a brilliant example of what can be achieved when local and national government work together towards a common goal. We will continue to work with local authorities across the UK to improve the quality of the air we breathe.”

Part of Nottingham’s plan will be to retrofit buses with technology to reduce emissions and replacing polluting bin lorries with electric vehicles. Introducing low emission taxis is also part of the plan.

Councillor Sally Longford, portfolio holder for energy and environment, said: “We worked hard on a plan that would reduce air pollution in the shortest possible time for our citizens, and we’re thrilled this has now been agreed, along with nearly £1m funding for extra measures to support taxi drivers.

“We’re looking forward to progressing these schemes to clean up the city’s buses and taxis, building on our strong track record in improving air quality through investment in sustainable transport, such as the electric tram, our award-winning electric and biogas bus fleets and cycle network.

“Air pollution is a significant threat to public health today, and road transport emissions are a big part of that. We’re confident we can deliver our plan and go even further to improve the quality of the air in our city.”

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