Oxford, Birmingham, and Leeds emission zones postponed

Birmingham, UK: Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone is due to be postponed and Birmingham City Council and Leeds City Council have requested postponements of their Clean Air Zones.

The FTA has welcomed the decisions. Natalie Chapman, head of urban policy, FTA said: “Delaying the introduction of these schemes will allow businesses operating within the logistics sector to focus their efforts on ensuring the public, supermarkets and other retailers all receive the essential items needed during this pandemic.

“We urge other cities with impending clean air schemes to follow suit; with logistics businesses facing unprecedented demand for food, hygiene products, medicines and other basic items, the right framework must be in place to support these workers through these extraordinary times and to keep the supply chain intact.”
 
“FTA fully and wholeheartedly supports the need to improve air quality. It is simply that these schemes pose a major change, and currently our industry cannot undertake the work and planning it needs to do in order to achieve smooth compliance or be certain it has the funds to make these changes.

“As well as the administrative difficulties logistics is experiencing, supplies of technology, equipment and trucks are already being disrupted and more effects are expected. This will further hinder efforts to comply with these schemes and service our cities efficiently,” she said.

www.fta.co.uk  
 

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