ESSENTIAL BRIEFING FROM THE FTA (Published by the FTA on 09/08/2017)

FTA has carried out further analysis of the Government’s Air Quality Plan which was launched two weeks ago. This plan confirmed that in addition to London and the first five locations (Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton) there are 23 additional local authorities across the UK that will be required to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or an alternative that has an equivalent effect.

FTA’s analysis suggests that the most likely outcome now is that Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Bath, Greater Manchester, Bristol, Coventry and Newcastle will have CAZs affecting commercial vehicles by the end of 2020.

Vehicles entering the CAZs will need to be Euro VI/6 and any non-compliant vehicles will be charged but not banned. FTA estimates the charges could be £20 per day for vans and £100 per day for HGVs.

FTA is now engaging with the named local authorities to assist them in the development of their plans and further details will come as local councils progress these. All insights gained as part of this process will be discussed at Freight Councils and a comprehensive session will be devoted to this at the Transport Manager conferences this autumn – go to for more information and to book your place.

Please note that details of the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland are due this month, but it is hoped that this will not incorporate commercial vehicles.