Government launches clean air zone vehicle checker tool

Drivers can use the online tool to see if their vehicles meet emissions standards for the Birmingham and Leeds clean air zones

The Government has launched an online tool that allows drivers to check if their vehicles meet the emissions standard requirements of the Birmingham and Leeds clean air zones.

The Birmingham clean air zone is coming into force on 1 July 2020 and will see drivers of cars not meeting Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel emissions standards being charged to enter the area within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Leeds clean air zone is coming into effect later this year and, although it won’t affect private cars, it will apply to higher-polluting HGVs, buses, coaches and taxis.

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The Government’s new online checker tool allows drivers to input their vehicle’s details and then tells them whether they will be charged to enter either of the two zones.

Although a number of other UK cities, including Bath and Sheffield, are planning to introduce clean air zones, the Department for Transport (DfT) won’t confirm or deny whether these will be added to the online checker tool in the future.

London’s ULEZ (Ultra-Low Emission Zone) is currently the UK’s only clean air zone, but drivers wanting to check if their vehicles are compliant must use the Transport for London checker tool rather than the new Government one.

The DfT describes tackling high pollution levels as a “serious challenge” and said it’s providing “financial and expert support” to local authorities to help them clean up their air.

In addition to the online vehicle checker, the Government has spent approximately £60m in Leeds and Birmingham on retrofitting buses and “support” for businesses and drivers.

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