Sheffield City Council has completed the review of the Clean Air Zone announced in 2020. The Clean Air Plan, including the Clean Air Zone will be decided by elected members in Sheffield at a special Co-Operative Executive on 26 October 2021.
The council is proposing a Category C CAZ. This means the most polluting buses, taxis, vans, coaches and lorries will pay a charge to enter the city.
Before the zone is introduced, a second citywide consultation will take place in November 2021.
This will focus on packages of support to help local businesses and taxi drivers reduce their emissions. This support includes grants and loans for retrofits to existing vehicles or towards the cost of a replacement vehicle.
The boundary of the zone remains unchanged, covering the city centre and the inner ring road.
The kinds of vehicles that will be charged has changed:
• Buses, taxis, vans, lorries and coaches which do not meet the Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol emissions standard will be charged.
• Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged.
• The previous standard for taxis will be lowered. PHVs and hackney carriages no longer need to be Ultra Low Emissions and can be Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol.
Your vehicle must meet the minimum standard or you will have to pay the charge. Vehicles that do not meet these standards would be charged:
• £10 per day for polluting LGVs and taxis/PHVs
• £50 per day for coaches, buses and HGVs
Government has awarded Sheffield City Council £20 million to help people upgrade their vehicle to one compliant with the zone.
The support on offer includes:
• Hackney carriages: Up to £10,000 grant or interest-free loan to upgrade to a WAV
• Private Hire Vehicles: Up to £3,000 grant or interest-free loan
• Local businesses who operate vans: u to £3,500 grant or interest-free loan
• Businesses or drivers of heavy goods vehicles: Up to £16,000 grant
• Local bus and coach operators: up to £16,000 grant
Only one financial support package will be available per vehicle. This is not a complete list of the support available. The support packages will be open for consultation to enable feed back to help shape them.
There are national exemptions for military, historic, agricultural and disabled tax class vehicles.
Sheffield is proposing some local exemptions, including:
• Emergency service vehicles
• Local charities who operate minibuses on a community transport permit.
• Local people and businesses which have ordered a compliant vehicle but have not received it due to waiting lists or supply chain delays.
This is not a complete list of exemptions available. The local exemptions will be open for consultation.