Car tax changes being launched across UK cities could ‘eradicate’ petrol and diesel cars

'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges

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Anna Cartledge, an expert at Shakespeare Martineau law firm has warned new Clean Air Zone’s would “slowly discourage” the use of polluting vehicles. The warning comes as more Clean Air Zone projects get the green light across major cities in the UK.

She said: “In Europe, similar schemes are also taking place.

“[There are] approximately 300 low emission zones spread across the continent in countries such as France, Germany, Portugal and Italy.

“For example, in France, restricted zones are in place, which requires vehicle owners to purchase and physically display a sticker before they are allowed to enter.”

She added: “With more appearing every year, clean air zones aim to slowly discourage the use of high emission vehicles, before eradicating them completely by 2040.”

Her comments come after the Department for Transport admitted it aimed to reduce the use of petrol and diesel vehicles.

The Clean Air Framework guide published in February 2020 states there is a “long term ambition” for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2040.

They said there was also an ambition to ensure “nearly every car and van” would be zero-emission by 2050.

The report said local authorities should aim to deliver the “best possible outcomes” with regard to environmental performance.

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New Clean Air Zone schemes have been launched in Bath and Birmingham so far in 2021.

However, London’s Ultra low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is set to expand from next month while Portsmouth City Council will introduce a zone from November.

The Government has already confirmed more cities will implement Clean Air Zones from 2022.

Birmingham and London’s scheme does charge all non-compatible petrol and diesel vehicles including private vehicles.

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