Southampton drops plan to charge trucks to enter CAZ11 January 2019

Southampton City Council has dropped its plan to charge hauliers to enter a clean air zone (CAZ), with the decision welcomed by the Road Haulage Association as “a victory for common sense”.

The local authority was planning to introduce a CAZ where pre-Euro VI trucks would be charged £100 per day to enter.

The proposal has now been scrapped following a public consultation, and lobbying by the RHA and businesses.

Instead, the council is looking at other measures to reduce emissions, including freight consolidation and an accreditation scheme for HGV operators. The council will submit its final proposal to government by the end of this month.

“Southampton has made the right decision dropping a charging CAZ scheme that would have put businesses and livelihoods at risk,” says RHA chief executive Richard Burnett.

“This sends out a clear message to town halls across the country that CAZ schemes are a flawed concept – they’re shortsighted and anti-business. This is a victory for common sense.”

Laura Cork

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