UK publishes final plan for clean air zones

The UK government has confirmed plans to restrict the entry of polluting vehicles into five English cities to meet EU air pollution standards

The UK government has confirmed plans to restrict the entry of polluting vehicles into five English cities to meet EU air pollution standards.

Clean air zones (CAZs) will be introduced in Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby by 2020, under plans by the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published on Thursday. Older diesel buses, coaches, taxis and lorries will have to pay a charge to enter the cities while cleaner vehicles will get in for free.

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