CAZ (Clean Air Zones) are areas in the UK where the government have or are planning to implement a scheme to reduce the amount of air pollution within the area. Most commonly these are within city centres, where pollution levels are at their highest.
Most modern vehicles will be exempt from CAZ charges. All vehicles that comply with the recent emission standards known as Euro 4, 5 and 6 will be exempt, these include;
1. Petrol cars meeting the Euro 4 standard or later
2. Diesel cars that meet harder Euro 6 standard
3. Electric Vehicles
Five Mandatory clean air zones
There are five mandated cities by the government to deploy Clean Air Zones, these are Nottingham, Derby, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds.
Bristol will become the first city within the UK to ban diesel vehicles from entering parts of the city centre in a bid to reduce air pollution.
In a Bristol City Council cabinet meeting on the 5th of November, plans to ban diesel vehicles by 2021 were approved. The ban will mean all privately owned diesel vehicles will not be able to enter the city centre during the day, and commercial vehicles with have to pay a fee.
This makes Bristol the first city within the UK to approve such plans, however in mainland Europe Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona all have implemented similar plans to ban or charge a fee for diesel vehicles in the city centres, with the aim to reduce pollution.
The ban will be in affect from 7am to 3pm, 7 days a week, and cover the centre of Bristol and include parts of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside, and part of Hotwell.
A wider Clean Air Zone has also been approved which will charge vehicles which do not meet emission standards.
For diesel taxis and vans to enter the wider Clean Air Zone, drivers will have to pay a daily charge of £9 and buses and HGVs £100. Private diesel car will not be charged for entering the wider Clean Air Zone.
The ban in the city centre and the wider CAZ will be enforced through a number plate recognition system, similar to the one used to enforce the congestion charge in London. However the specific detail of how much fines will be are yet to be decided.
(left to right): Awards compare Simon Evans, Ogilvie Fleet director of sales Jo Clark and BusinessCar publishing and event director Chris Milton.
Expanding Ogilvie Fleet has underlined its industry-leading position with another title - the Customer Service trophy in the annual awards from trade publication BusinessCar.
The trophy is the second industry award that Ogilvie Fleet has collected in 2019, the company’s 40th anniversary year, having won the Leasing Company of the Year (up to 20,000 vehicles) title at the annual ‘Oscars’ hosted by industry publication Fleet News.
Averaging more than two industry awards per year this decade, Ogilvie Fleet has increased its leased fleet size by almost 1,000 company cars and vans to 16,700 units in the past 12 months with a further almost 3,000 units under fleet management, up around 1,000 units on a year ago.
That makes Ogilvie Fleet one of the fastest growing contract hire and leasing companies through core fleet expansion - as opposed to white label growth via manufacturer-backed leasing schemes.
Simon Harris, editor of BusinessCar, explaining why Ogilvie Fleet won the Customer Service Award, said: “The company had many testimonials from satisfied clients and we were impressed by Ogilvie Fleet’s fuss-free approach to helping its customers and providing them with the advice they may need. Customers said the website was user-friendly and the service provided was second-to-none.”
This week sees the 2019 Business Car Awards take place in London, where Ogilvie Fleet will be looking to become Leasing Company of the Year (Under 25,000 vehicles) for the third successive year. Having won both the 2017 and 2018 awards, Ogilvie has also been nominated for the Customer Service Award.
The evening celebrates the best of the fleet industry with a host of categories for suppliers and manufacturers. For the first time, Ogilvie have also sponsored a category – Green Fleet of the Year – with the award being presented by Ogilvie Sales Director Jo Clark. The nominees of this hotly contested category are Active Building Centre, Falkirk Council and Leeds City Council. Good luck to all!
The Government has launched a consultation on the introduction of green number plates for zero emission cars.
The green plates aim is to show how the amount of zero emission vehicles (EVs) are increasing across the UK, and to help the drivers of these vehicle benefit more easily from incentives such as free or cheaper parking and encourage a larger uptake of EVs and PHEVs.
The plates are already in use in countries such as Norway, Canada, and China.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said: “The UK is in the driving seat of global efforts to tackle vehicle emissions and climate change and improve air quality, but we want to accelerate our progress.
“Green number plates are a really positive and exciting way to help everyone recognise the increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads.
“By increasing awareness of these vehicles and the benefits they bring to their drivers and our environment, we will turbo-charge the zero emission revolution.”