Air pollution is a global public health risk, more harmful than passive smoking. Areas of Portsmouth have levels of nitrogen dioxide that are likely to continue to be above legal limits unless strong action is taken quickly. Creating a Clean Air Zone is Central government’s preferred approach to addressing air pollution in the shortest possible time, for a number of cities across the UK. Portsmouth’s Clean Air Zone must be live before the end of 2021.
The Clean Air Zone consultation aims to give everyone an opportunity to have their say on how the zone operates and how we can fairly support drivers with older polluting vehicles.
What is proposed and why?
The CAZ is being introduced to Portsmouth because the city has ongoing problems with poor air quality. Air pollution is a global health risk and is more harmful than passive smoking. Each year around 100 deaths in Portsmouth can be linked to air pollution, therefore we need to act quickly to reduce air pollution in the shortest possible time.
The charging Clean Air Zone will result in a daily charge being issued to the most polluting vehicles for driving in the zone – these vehicles are referred to as ‘non-compliant’ vehicles.
For the Portsmouth charging CAZ, non-compliant vehicles are HGVs, buses and coaches, taxis and Private Hire Vehicles that:
- Do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards (so are Euro 5 or older) if they are diesel
- Do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards (so are Euro 3 or older) if they are petrol
If you’re not sure what Euro standard your vehicle is please check your vehicle log book.
At present we are not proposing to charge vans as government has approved our plans for a charging Class B CAZ. However, due to the uncertainty brought about by coronavirus, central government has indicated they may require the charging of vans to meet air quality objectives. If this happens the information provided in this consultation by van drivers will help us bid for funding to support those affected by the charge.
The proposed zone, approx. 3km2, will be located to the south west of Portsmouth (see map).
- Oct 2019: Outline local air quality plan was submitted to government
- Mar 2020: Government approval of the outline local air quality plan
- 16 July to 31 Aug 2020: Clean air zone public consultation
- Winter 2020: Full clean air zone plan submitted to government
- Spring 2021: Government approval for full clean air zone plan
- Summer 2021: Zone cameras and signage installed
- Autumn 2021: Zone charging starts
- Autumn 2022: Target date for compliance of pollution hotspots
Have your say
Your feedback will inform specific aspects of the zone design, including the proposed charges, zone operating times, vehicle exclusions and support packages for those most negatively impacted, as well as how we can encourage more people to travel sustainably.
However, there are certain things that we are unable to change; these include the type of vehicles charged and the size of the zone. There is also a restriction on any changes that we implement; any changes to the zone cannot negatively impact the compliance date.
Please read the CAZ consultation guide before completing the survey.
The CAZ consultation closes on Monday 31 August.
Alternatively, you can request a paper copy or large print version of the survey by calling 023 9268 8955 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, excluding the Bank Holiday).
The booklet also provides details if you prefer to answer the survey over the phone.
Please return all paper copies to Cleaner Air Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2BG.
Your feedback will help us to review the zone to see if any alterations can be made. This information will inform the final plan that Portsmouth City Council submits to government later this year.