City of York council has asked bus operators, residents and businesses for views on plans to introduce a â€˜Clean Air Zoneâ€™ within the city, primarily targeting air pollution from buses.
Under the plans, the city council will require any individual bus operating on a public local bus service into the Clean Air Zone five or more times per day to meet the â€˜ultra-low emissionâ€™ bus standard, Euro VI or lower.
Plans for the bus Clean Air Zone target an area Yorkâ€™s inner ring road and city centre, where buses are thought to cause around 27% of pollution emissions.
Commenting on the consultation, Cllr Andrew Waller, the councilâ€™s deputy leader and executive member for the environment, said: â€œTargeting buses which most frequently pass through the city centre would have the greatest impact on reducing harmful pollutants by forcing these to be electric or low emission vehicles.
â€œHowever, we understand the vital role that the cityâ€™s local bus services play in bringing people into York to work, shop or visit so itâ€™s important that the public give their views on these proposed changes through this survey.â€
The council will consider responses to the consultation, which was launched on Thursday (21 June) and runs until 3 August and a further report will be presented to a meeting of the councilâ€™s Executive later in 2018.
In August 2017 the council was awarded Â£3.3 million from the Department for Transportâ€™s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme to support the delivery of high capacity, fully electric buses and charging infrastructure for the remainder of Yorkâ€™s Park & Ride routes.
Yorkâ€™s scheme will help deliver an electric Park & Ride network by February 2019. The new electric buses will join the 11 existing one already operating at Poppleton Bar and Monks Cross.
York – Clean Air Zone Consultation