The introduction of Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds has been postponed due to a government delay, Birmingham and Leeds’s councils says.
The reason for the delay is the vehicle checking software which is required to make the zones operational and enforceable was expected to be delivered by the Government by October.
According to the city’ councils of Birmingham and Leeds, the tool has been delayed by the Government until December, which will put back the January start date.
Leeds City Council and Birmingham City Council were asked by the Government to tackle air pollution as a priority after roads in the cities were identified as likely to fail legal air quality standards by 2020.
In a joint statement, both city councils said that they had been on track to implement Clean Air Zones on the basis that a vehicle checker tool, which is being delivered by the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), would be ready by October 2019 as planned. However, JAQU has now confirmed that the new vehicle checker software will not be available until at least December 2019.
Leeds City Council said it had successfully met a number of tight deadlines and now the Government has failed to meet its own commitments”.