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Derby air quality plan favours no-CAZ option

Traffic at a red traffic light on a rainy day with a cyclist in the foreground

Derby City Council is considering three different options to meet its legal obligation to improve air quality.

Two of the options include the introduction of a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), but the Council said these are not the preferred choices.

Instead, Derby Council wants to change traffic signals and re-route traffic away from the one area of exceedance – Stafford Street.

This will be supported by a very specific incentive scheme to rapidly support change of vehicles. initiatives to implement electric vehicle power points and a renewed focus on sustainable travel.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader and cabinet member for Leadership, Regeneration and Public Protection, said: “We have made it our priority to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality in the city.

“Since taking control of the council and inheriting this issue, officers have had to work very hard to prepare options for consultation to ensure we are working towards a legally compliant package of measures.

“We all have a part to play in achieving cleaner air for Derby and I encourage residents, local businesses and stakeholders to take part in the consultation to help inform the best local solution for our city”

The other options outline a CAZ that charges non-compliant vehicles for entering the city centre within its inner ring road and another that charges non-complaint vehicles for entering a zone within the city’s outer ring road.

The Council has been liaising with DEFRA since December 2015, after being informed that Derby was one of five local authority areas selected to take forward action to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) emissions from vehicles, in the shortest possible time.

It previously outlined its intention to avoid charging vehicle from entering the city centre, despite being mandated by Government to improve air quality.

The consultation opened on July 30 and will close on September 24.

> MORE ON CAZ: UK plans for clean air zones

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