Wales unveils Clean Air Zone proposal and boosts alternative fuel truck adoption

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on introducing Clean Air Zones (CAZs) in areas with poor air quality, which could see the most polluting trucks and vans prevented from entering, or charged for access. Both Caerphilly County Borough Council and Cardiff Council have been directed to explore such schemes as part of their plans to comply with air quality standards as soon as possible.

The CAZ framework issued alongside the consultation report suggests that local authorities should look to incentivise the use of alternative fuels, including Autogas, in the heavy good vehicle (HGV) and van sector. It states: “Alternatives are becoming more available, and these can offer some advantages to hauliers particularly where it can provide them with an edge when tendering for contracts.

“Local authorities may encourage the use of non-diesel powered vehicles by including specific requirements in tender specifications, supporting grid infrastructure, EV charging points, Autogas and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure,” it adds.

According to the framework, vehicles exempted from CAZ restrictions include LPG vehicles, Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), vehicles retro-fitted with an emission control device approved by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme, among others.

The CAZ consultation, which runs until 19 June, forms part of a wider £20 million Air Quality Fund to support Welsh local authorities in complying with nitrogen dioxide limits. For more information, please check this link.

9 May 2018