Bradford’s Clean Air Zone – THE FACTS
The Clean Air Zone is being imposed on Bradford. Bradford has been ‘DIRECTED’ by the Conservative Government to implement the Class C Charging Clean Air Zone by 2022. This is a Legal Order and not a choice, which means Bradford Council must comply.
Class C Charging CAZ means privately owned vehicles will not be charged for entering the CAZ, but polluting HGVs, buses and taxis will.
The Conservative Government have insisted on the charge, from which they make money. Labour Councillors have asked for this charge to be reduced from £12.50 to £7 per day, which would be the lowest in the country. Local Conservatives voted against this motion at the Council meeting.
Labour Councillors have negotiated the best possible deal in the country to provide grants of £3200 for taxis to be converted to use cleaner energy.
Local Conservatives are clueless about what their own Conservative Government are doing and too afraid to call them out. Instead they blame local Labour Councillors for their own failings. The only people who can change this order is the Conservatives.
Here’s the Conservative Government order, signed by the Minister
D I R E C T I O N
ENVIRONMENT ACT 1995
Environment Act 1995 (City of Bradford Metropolitan
District Council) Air Quality Direction 2020
The Secretary of State, in exercise of the power conferred by section 85(5) of the Environment Act 1995(a), gives the following direction.
In accordance with section 85(6) a copy of this direction will be published in the London Gazette.
The Secretary of State makes this direction having determined that it is necessary in order to meet obligations placed upon the UK under the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive(b).
Citation, commencement and application
1.—(1) This direction may be cited as the Environment Act 1995 (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council) Air Quality Direction 2020 and comes into force on the day after it is made.
(2) This direction applies to City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
- In this direction—
“the authority” means City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council;
Duty to implement the local plan for NO2 compliance
3.—(1) The authority must take steps to implement the local plan for NO2 compliance for the areas for which it is responsible.
(2) The authority must enure that the local plan for NO2 compliance is implemented so that—
- compliance with the legal limit value for nitrogen dioxide is achieved in the shortest possible time, and by 2022 at the latest;
- exposure to levels above the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide are reduced as quickly as possible
Rebecca Pow MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment
Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs
12 February 2020
SCHEDULE 1 Article 3
Summary of local plan for NO2 compliance measures
Class C Charging Clean Air To be implemented as soon as possible and at least in time
Zone to bring forward compliance to 2022
(This note is not part of the direction)
This direction directs City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and, for the purposes of this direction is referred to as “the authority”, to implement its local plan for NO2 compliance, in connection with duties in respect of air quality under Part 4 of the Environment Act 1995 and as part of the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations 2017. The local plan for NO2 compliance was approved by the Secretary of State on 12 February 2020, and it must now be implemented to ensure compliance with the legal limit value for nitrogen dioxide is achieved in the authority’s areas in the shortest possible time. Under section 85(7) of the Environment Act it is the duty of a local authority to comply with a direction given to it. A copy of this direction is available at for inspection at Seacole Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.