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BVRLA Release Clean Air Zones Guide

The BVRLA have released an online guide for fleets and drivers to provide information on the Clean Air Zones that are cropping up around the country.

The guide helps with a range of topics, including explaining what Clean Air Zones are and how they work, what charges may apply for driving in them, and which vehicles are compliant. It also includes a roadmap for the launch of future CAZ zones and changes to existing ones.

The launch of the web guide has coincided with the launch of a new Clean Air Zone in Birmingham, which goes into effect from the 1st June 2021. Birmingham’s CAZ will not ban vehicles that do not meet the Euro VI standard. Instead, any older or more polluting vehicle will have to pay a charge to enter the zone.

Previously, in March, a Clean Air Zone went live in Bath. This is also charging vehicles to enter rather than outright banning older or more polluting vehicles.

Additional Clean Air Zones are due to launch across the country, in Bristol, Bradford, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside. In 2022, we expect to see CAZ in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Greater Manchester and Liverpool will follow soon after.

With so many Clean Air Zones being established over the next two years, it becomes clear how important it is to have a modern, low-emissions vehicle, especially if it is your work vehicle. Thankfully, new vans and light commercial vehicles leased by Van Ninja are all Euro VI compliant.

According to research by the BVRLA, only 21% of all vans are CAZ compliant. This is compared to BVRLA members, of which 88% of rental vehicles and 67% of lease are compliant with the Clean Air Zone rules.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said; “Our rental and leasing members are a good option for someone who regularly travels through a Clean Air Zone. They have a huge variety of CAZ-compliant vehicles that are available on a flexible and fixed-cost basis.

“They are already helping tens of thousands of businesses and individuals make the leap to fully zero-emission motoring and can provide electric vehicles and charging solutions to meet every need.”

You can view the guide here.