Leeds Clean Air Charging Zone funding opens to HGV businesses

Leeds Clean Air Charging Zone funding opens to HGV businesses

HGV businesses in Leeds are being urged to apply for a second round of financial support to help owners, leaseholders, and operators of affected vehicles prepare for the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ).

More than £3.39m of financial support has already been provisionally approved for affected businesses. Leeds City Council is now launching a new competition to provide another opportunity for HGV operators to apply for the remaining secured support funding.

Additionally, the council has confirmed that operators of road freight transport vehicles for hire or reward - who were not eligible to receive funding earlier this year - will be eligible for this latest funding round.

Applications will re-open on August 1 for owners of heavy goods vehicles based in or operating within Leeds to apply for grants of up to £16,000 to upgrade or retrofit their non-compliant vehicles.

Cllr James Lewis, executive member with responsibility for air quality at the council, said:

"Helping owners of affected vehicles switch to less polluting models that won't be charged is the best way to support local businesses.It's also the best way to improve air quality in Leeds before the charging zone's introduction.

"I strongly encourage every affected business to visit our website today and find out more about the financial support options available".

The council has also launched a new consultation to hear views on which large vehicles should qualify for a 'specialist vehicle' exemption and whether existing temporary exemptions for the taxi and private hire sector should be extended to include vehicles licensed by other authorities.

Additionally, the consultation also asks when the zone's standards should require taxi and private hire vehicles to meet zero-emissions standard to avoid daily charges.

A link to participate in the consultation can be found at: www.leeds.gov.uk/cleanairzone.