Ignore the naysayers – low emission zones do work | The Guardian
Birmingham is following London and Bath in deterring highly polluting vehicles from its centre
Gary Fuller 19/4/21
Clean air or low emission zones are being rolled out in more UK cities. On 1 June, Birmingham will follow London and Bath by introducing a charge to deter highly polluting vehicles from the city centre.
The zones in Birmingham and Bath were delayed by Covid but these schemes are now needed more urgently than before. With new vehicle sales at record lows, older and more polluting vehicles are still on our roads rather than on the scrap heap where we expected them to be by now.
Lessons from London’s zone and the hundreds that operate in Europe counter many of the myths around these schemes.