We all want to live in a city with a travel system that is greener, cleaner and safer for all. Our city is densely populated and while many of us need to own a vehicle, they cause congestion and contribute to over 50% of air pollution.
Like many cities across the country Portsmouth is facing a serious problem with air quality. Our draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) plays a big part in improving air quality.
The charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is only one small part of the work we are undertaking to tackle air pollution and climate change in the city. This is supported by a number of other activities, such as:
- providing more Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points
- reviewing taxi licensing rules to encourage cleaner taxis and private hire vehicles (PHV) in the city
- using the parking permits fee to encourage low emission vehicles, and fewer vehicles
- changing parking capacity and pricing, including expanding the Park and Ride
- improving public transport (see the Public Transport section of this website)
- retrofitting over 100 local buses that travel through heavily polluted parts of the city so they meet cleaner Euro 6 standards.
The Clean Air Zone consultation was open from 15 July to 31 August 2020. Your views will help shape how the zone will operate. Only changes proposed that don’t affect how long it will take us to meet the legal limits for air pollution were considered.