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Clean Air Zones and Direct Vision Standards are coming and you can count on Ryder to help ensure that your vehicles are ready.

This is the first of Ryder’s e-newsletters designed to keep you up to date with these key legislative changes. We are looking forward to working with you over the coming weeks and months, providing you with information and advice on this ever-changing landscaped to help you stay compliant.

Should you have any questions regarding your fleet compliance relating to Clean Air and Direct Vision legislation please don’t hesitate to contact your Ryder account manager or reply to this email.


      The first six cities required by government to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) by 2020 are:

      To avoid a charge of up to £100 per day for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, HGVs must be Euro VI.

      To find out more about the current status of each city’s zone, we have included city-specific details below together with some handy council website links should you wish to investigate matters further.


      Central Zone: The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place from 8 April 2019. It replaces the T-Charge and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone..

      HGVs that currently comply with the existing LEZ may not comply with the ULEZ. To comply with the ULEZ, HGVs must be Euro 6 to travel into the ULEZ without charge. Similarly, petrol vans must be at least Euro 4 and diesel vans Euro 6 to comply. For further details regarding Euro VI and an overview of all UK CAZs please access Ryder’s factsheet here.

      Non-compliant HGVs will be charged £100/day to enter the zone, while vans will be charged £12.50/day.

      Greater London Zone: from 26 October 2020, the ULEZ will be expanded to Greater London for HGVs. HGVs that are Euro 3 or older will be charged £300 per day, while those that are Euro 4 or Euro 5 will be charged £100 per day. Large vans not meeting Euro 3 will be charged £100 per day.

      Inn Zone: from 26 October 2021, the zone will be expanded to the area within the North and South Circular roads for vans. Vans must be Euro 4 for petrol and Euro 6 for diesel to avoid the £12.50 daily charge.

      For more information, you can go to:


      Birmingham City Council has proposed a charging Clean Air Zone which would encompass all roads within the A4540 Middle Ring Road. The daily charge would be between £50 and £100 for HGVs and £12.50 for vans. Points of note regarding the Birmingham CAZ include:

    • A one-year exemption for HGVs, vans and coaches owned by firms within the CAZ (up to two per business) and commercial vehicles covered by existing finance agreements
    • A leasing scheme for low emission black cabs or grant to help cabbies convert to cleaner LPG fuel
    • The zone is defined as all roads within the Middle Ring Road and the likely go-live date is 1st January 2020.

      The map below (courtesy of Birmingham City Council) shows the proposed zone. Reds and yellows indicate the worst polluted areas.

      The consultation on the proposals has now closed. The consultation document can be viewed here. Birmingham City Council is also proposing several other schemes to combat air pollution, the timeline of which can be seen below.

      For more information go to:


      Derby’s proposals indicate that the zone will be bounded by the inner ring road from 2020, with an extension to the outer ring road by 2025.

      The city council has stated that it does not want to use penalty charges and may opt for a scrappage scheme for the most polluting vehicles, with grants to encourage residents to use Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). The city also plans to improve traffic flow on the inner city ring road and to launch initiatives to help businesses move to low emission vehicles.

      Derby councillor Asaf Afzal said the council had rejected a charging scheme option because it did not believe it would achieve compliance. He added: “The council has no intention of implementing measures that simply introduce additional costs for residents and businesses, whilst not achieving the necessary air quality improvements.

      For more information, you can also go to:

      To feedback to Derby City Council, you can email them at


      Leeds’ zone will affect HGVs, but not vans, and will be in place by 1st January 2020.Leeds City Council has undergone two periods of consultation and has amended plans and proposals for a Clean Air Zone in line with the responses to these. A comprehensive document is available to view here, including maps, reasoning and results of consultations. The key points are:

    • The boundary will use the M621 as the southern boundary and the A61 and A63 around the Enterprise Zone (see detailed map)
    • Euro VI trucks will not incur a charge. The proposed charge for non-compliant HGVs is £50 per day
    • There is no proposed charge for LCVs
    • For more information, you can also go to:


      Southampton City Council's consultation on Clean Air Zone plans closed on the 13th September. Under the current proposals the CAZ would cover most of the city (see map below) though this will be refined if the proposal meets with approval.

      The council has not settled on a charging structure, but is using London’s structure as a guide. The proposed charge per day for non-compliant HGVs is £100 with no charge currently proposed for non-compliant vans. However these charges are not final and may change before the target implementation date at the end of 2019.

      The consultation document and comprehensive FAQs are available here.


      Nottingham City Council was one of the cities mandated by the Government to set up a Clean Air Zone to tackle high levels of air pollution. However after more research Nottingham Council has revealed its intention to not introduce a charging CAZ. The council has stated that current and planned measures, including the retrofitting of buses in the city, will be adequate to meet air quality targets.

      Cllr Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said these existing measures would reduce air pollution to below the legal limit, without the need for a Clean Air charging Zone.

      Cllr Longford said: “Results of air quality modelling showed these measures will have a significant effect in reducing emissions, bringing Nottingham into compliance by 2020. Although we considered a Class B Clean Air Zone – which would have affected HGVs, buses and taxis – the actions we’re taking will have a positive impact across the whole city, rather than just in one area.

      “Our priority has always been the health of our citizens, rather than meeting government targets, and this hasn’t changed. Road vehicles are one of the largest contributors to air pollution, and it’s thanks to the council’s significant and sustained investment in green public transport, like the trams and low emission buses, that we are in a really strong position to be able to improve air quality.”
      More information on Nottingham Council's clean air plans can be found here.

      Clean Air Zones Phase Two: other cities affected

      Phase Two will see the following cities introducing Clean Air Zones one year later than the first six. These are:

      • Bath
      • Bristol
      • Coventry
      • Leicester
      • Manchester
      • Middlesbrough
      • Newcastle
      • Oxford
      • Sheffield

      We’ll track developments in these cities and keep you informed in subsequent newsletters.

      [For advice and guidance on how to become and remain compliant with these proposed legislative changes, please contact your Ryder Account Manager].