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Portsmouth City Council is set to discuss a start date for its government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ) despite its preference for other options to improve air quality.

At next month’s cabinet meeting, a recommendation will be made to advisers that the Portsmouth CAZ legal order be approved, meaning taxation of non-compliant vehicles will begin on November 29, 2021.

Non-compliant vehicles are buses, coaches, taxis, VTCs and heavy goods vehicles which do not meet euro 6 standards if diesel, or below euro 4 standards if gasoline. Unlike other CAZs, vans and private cars will not be charged in Portsmouth regardless of the age of the vehicle.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment, said: “We have worked hard to ensure that anyone who may be charged under CAZ has been informed and supported, and in many cases , we have been able to offer support to owners to upgrade their non-compliant vehicles. We also made sure that all systems were in place before launch so that everything went as smoothly as possible.

“While a clean air zone is not our preferred option for improving air quality in Portsmouth, the central government is asking us to launch the zone and I will make sure all the details we need to implement the CAZ are in place when we review the launch date recommendations. ‘

Portsmouth City Council received a ministerial directive in March 2020 to introduce a Class B charging CAZ in the southwest of the city.


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