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city dealers face low-emission zone challenge

Will motorcycle dealers benefit when other cities follow London’s lead and create ultra-low emission zones? The question arises after new figures from London’s City Hall showed that since the capital’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) was introduced in April 2019, there were 13,500 fewer polluting cars being driven into central London each day, representing a 38% drop in air pollution.

Roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution has reduced by 36% in the zone. The City Hall report estimates that the reduction in NO2 pollution solely attributable to the ULEZ is 29%.

This has fuelled speculation that other cities will soon follow. Reports suggest:

Bath: Plan for higher emission vehicles except cars to be charged to drive in the city centre from late 2020.

Non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries will be charged £100 a day, while taxis, minicabs, vans and minibuses will pay £9.

Birmingham: A proposed clean air zone is expected to come into operation in January 2020.

Older buses, coaches and lorries will be charged £50 per day, while cars, taxis, minicabs, vans and minibuses will be charged £8.

Glasgow: A low emission zone restricting the movement of older buses is already in place.

From January 2023 restrictions will extend to older coaches, lorries, taxis, minicabs, vans, minibuses, cars and motorcycles.

Greater Manchester: Proposal that from 2021 older taxis, minicabs, vans and minibuses will pay £7.50 per day, while buses, coaches and lorries will pay £100.

Leeds: A 24/7 clean air zone has been approved for January 2020.

This will see the most polluting taxis, minicabs and vans facing a £12.50 daily fee, while buses, coaches and lorries will pay £50.
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Sheffield: A low emission zone has been proposed for older taxis, minicabs, vans and minibuses, but no start date, hours of operation or daily charge has been confirmed.

Elsewhere: There are restrictions on older buses in Oxford, while Brighton and York will introduce similar schemes in 2020.

Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee have all committed to having low emission zones by 2021.

Other places including Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool and Tyneside are at various stages of deciding or implementing measures to improve air quality.

So will dealers benefit as the owners of older motorcycles trade up to meet the emissions requirements and are their other implications, good or bad? Vote in our poll, see left, accessed on the left of our main News page.

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