Bradford will be the last UK city to have a clean air zone in place by ‘spring 2022’, despite attempts by Labor and Tory councilors to suspend or scrap the scheme altogether. This means that drivers of more polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge to drive in town.
The new car tax in the city was originally due to be implemented in January this year.
Conservative councilors in Bradford this week called for the entire scheme to be suspended, warning it could lead to higher prices and even job losses, Yorkshire Live reported.
They also said the lack of a specific start date for CAZ left companies “confused and worried”.
And ruling Labor advisers said they had asked government ministers to drop the charges altogether, but had been rebuffed.
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CAZ will be monitored using ANPR cameras across the city and anyone breaking the rules will face a hefty fine.
Conservative Debbie Davies has pushed for the CAZ program to be suspended, saying improving air quality in the district “should not be achieved at all costs”.
She added: ‘The tax will be a burden on businesses like taxi drivers and will lead to possible increases in the cost of goods.
“This will lead to financial hardship for small businesses and possible job losses as companies seek to reduce fixed costs.”
Clean air zones are being introduced across the UK this year, but Manchester is a city whose low emissions zone has been delayed.
He now has to cover the signs showing the initial start date with stickers at a six-figure cost, which will have to be funded by taxpayers.
Local authority leaders, who have until July to propose a new scheme to achieve air quality compliance by 2026, now want all charges dropped.
Stickers reading ‘under review’ are being fitted to more than 1,000 signs with the wrong date – but this work is not covered by the £3million signage contract.