Sheffield City Council has begun a consultation for its class C Clean Air Zone which is set to be launched in 2021.
High polluting taxis, vans, HGVs, buses and coaches would pay a charge to enter the zone within the city’s inner ring road but private cars would not.
Potential charges – which would be set at around £50 a day for buses, coaches and HGVs, £10 a day for taxis and private hire vehicles and £10 a day for vans and LGVs, are likely to apply to vehicles that are older than Euro 6 for diesel (2016) or Euro 4 for petrol (2006).
The council is now asking businesses and members of the public to take part in a ‘clean air conversation’ which is now open at www.sheffield.gov.uk/cleanair.
Air pollution contributes to 500 deaths a year in Sheffield and the local authority is asking the government for £50m to help drivers upgrade their vehicles.
Cllr Bob Johnson, cabinet member for planning and development at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘This is the start of a vitally important conversation for the city and we want everyone to have their say on the clean air zone and the support that is available.
‘We know air pollution damages the health of us all, especially the very young and the very old, but we need to balance this with how we can support drivers with the cost of reducing their emissions.
‘The facts are clear, taxi drivers, van drivers and other motorists are among the most at risk from breathing in dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide and we want to protect them and everyone else who lives in our fantastic city.
‘We accept these are difficult conversations but they need to happen so we can improve our air quality.’
Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, as part of the UK100 group of city leaders, signed up to an ambitious clean air plan earlier this year following a high-level summit in London.
The group, which also includes London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham called for the government’s proposed Environment Bill to be renamed the Clean Air and Environment Bill and include the following provisions: