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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Drivers could be charged up to £50 to enter Bradford city centre from next year, if city councillors approve a new plan to cut pollution. Next Tuesday the city council' s ruling executive will vote whether to move ahead with the plan – which will see the most polluting commercial vehicles charged up to £50 a day to enter much of the city centre and Bradford to Shipley corridor. Bradford has been awarded a grant of tens of millions of pounds to help vehicle owners switch to greener technology. If vehicles are at least “Euro 6” compliant then they will not be charged to enter the zone. In 2018 the Government issued a ministerial direction to Bradford Council to come up with a plan to reduce the District’s illegal air pollution levels. The council decided that a Clean Air Zone would be the best way of improving air quality in a short amount of time. To get the latest email updates from MyBradford, click here . A report to the executive says the Government has awarded £39.3 million funding to Bradford to help implement the zone, and support the upgrade of the most polluting vehicles. Operators will be able to use this pot of cash to upgrade their vehicles to either less polluting engines, or completely overhaul them to greener power such as electric. HGV and bus operators could claim up to £16,000 per vehicle, while van and minibus operators could claim £4,500 for upgrades. Of the total fund around £10 million will be set aside for taxi operators to upgrade their vehicles. Private hire vehicles could get grants of up to £3,200 and Hackney Carriages up to £4,000. The scheme will use a network of automated number plate recognition cameras to identify non compliant vehicles.
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There will be a “soft launch” of the Clean Air Zone in December, when drivers of non-compliant vehicles will receive a letter informing them the charges will come into play on January 4. The full charges for vehicles entering the zone are: Buses & Coaches – £50 HGV – £50 Light goods vehicles, including minibus – £9 Taxi (Hackney or Private Hire) – £12.50 Private cars will not be included in the Clean Air Zone plan Small or medium sized businesses based within the zone will be able to apply for a possible exemption from the charging. The Government has also released nearly £4 million in Clean Bus Technology Funding to upgrade 217 commercial buses in Bradford to CAZ Standard, and could soon confirm a further funding of £1.6 million to upgrade the 102 remaining, non-compliant, commercial and tendered buses in the district to CAZ Standard. Areas near major roads in Bradford city centre and Shipley have long been identified as having dangerous pollution levels. Figures that will be given to the Executive say around 4.7 per cent of deaths in Bradford are attributable to air pollution. The report says the scheme will have a “planned obsolescence” – as more vehicles are upgraded to cleaner technology income will decrease until it is “entirely eliminated.” The report says: “It is expected that natural compliance of fleet will be achieved over time as people upgrade their vehicles. The CAP program provides an opportunity for the Authority to use ‘nudge economics’ to ensure project success, by effecting long term positive changes in behaviour through low cost, high impact strategies.”
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Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for Healthy People and Healthy Places, said: “The government clearly recognises the urgent need to address poor air quality and improve health in parts of the city. “The Clean Air Fund award is one of the highest announced so far, enabling the council to offer attractive grants to local businesses, and to develop a low emission economy in the city.”
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