Published: 13th Aug 2019

Local authorities should be able to raise Clean Air Zones (CAZ) charges to pay for EV infrastructure and scrappage schemes, a think tank has said. Conservative think tank Bright Blue has published a wide-ranging report into tackling air pollution which includes several policy and taxation recommendations aimed at reducing nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in the UK. It says that local and combined authorities should be able to strive for ‘reasonable profits’ from their charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) providing all money goes towards air quality measures such as charging infrastructure for EVs, local scrappage schemes or improved public transport. In the CAZ guidance published by government, it currently says that local authorities should not set the level of charge as a ‘revenue-raising measure.’ It adds that any revenue raised from the CAZs that isn’t spent on operational costs must be reinvested into ‘local transport policies’, and that local authorities should consider the behavioural … (To read the full article, subscribe below)