Opponents of Cardiff’s controversial Clean Air Zone plan for the city will be heartened after a similar scheme for Coventry was rejected by the UK Government.
The government’s dismissal of a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Coventry is the right decision for the local economy and the city’s long-term air quality prospects, according to FTA, the only business group representing all the logistics sector.
“We will now liaise with the Council to ensure its package of air quality measures allow commercial fleet operators continued access to the city, so they can continue to deliver the goods and services residents and businesses need every day.”
Cardiff’s plan to charge non-residents a daily access fee to use the city centre roads has been deemed a “valleys tax” as it will hit drivers commuting to work from less well off areas.
Now the UK Government has put the emphasis on rapid introduction of electric buses and taxis, more cycle lanes and better road design to cut emissions in Coventry and the same approach will be expected in Cardiff.