15 Jun 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Clean Air Zones: LCV operators to consider giving up van ownership?

Garages that service older vans for business customers around Bradford could see some changes, with the Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) having gone live on Monday 26 September. As a C+ Clean Air Zone, while passenger cars are exempt, commercial vehicle operators will need to make sure they are compliant.

According to Europcar Vans and Trucks Director Keith Shorter, not all businesses will be eligible for upgrading grants or an exemption, and some may opt to give up ownership: .

“Unexpected fines can mount up quickly and reduce the profitability of a job if drivers or their managers are not aware of the incoming regulations for any commercial vehicle not compliant. With more and more clean air zones around the country, the big challenge for many businesses right now is upgrading their fleet in the face of limited new vehicle supply – as well as factoring in the additional expense at a time when operating costs are increasing.

“To support Bradford City’s bid to reduce air pollution and help local businesses and van drivers make positive changes to the way they travel around the city, we are offering a range of sustainable and flexible mobility options from our local branches. “

To find out about the Bradford Clean Air Zone, visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/breathe-better-bradford/breathe-better-bradford/