Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ)
Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, England, located in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles west of Leeds and 16 miles northwest of Wakefield. It is the fourth-largest city in the United Kingdom and has a population of over 300,000 people. In an effort to improve air quality, the city of Bradford has implemented a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which is a designated area where traffic-related air pollution is monitored and mitigated.
The Clean Air Zone in Bradford is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to reduce air pollution from vehicle emissions. It covers the city centre, as well as the surrounding areas of Little Germany, Leeds Road, Manningham and Undercliffe. Within the Clean Air Zone, vehicles are subject to various restrictions, depending on their type and emissions rating. This includes diesel-powered vehicles, which must meet strict emission standards if they are to be allowed to enter the zone. Vehicles that do not meet these requirements must pay a daily fee to enter the zone.
The Clean Air Zone is part of a larger initiative to improve air quality in Bradford. This includes the installation of air quality monitoring equipment, the introduction of low emission buses and the development of green infrastructure such as green corridors and urban forests. The city also has plans to introduce electric vehicle charging points and incentivise the use of electric vehicles.
The Clean Air Zone is being implemented in phases, with the first phase focusing on the most polluted areas of the city. The city council has also developed an Advisory Guide, which provides information on the Clean Air Zone, as well as advice on how to stay compliant and reduce emissions.
The Clean Air Zone is a positive step forward for Bradford and is likely to have a positive impact on air quality in the city. The initiative is expected to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, which are known to have a detrimental effect on human health. It is hoped that the Clean Air Zone will lead to improved air quality in the city, and ultimately a healthier, more sustainable environment for all.