CLEAN AIR CONFUSION: Over a fifth of Brits don’t know what a Clean Air Zone is
They’re popping up all over the UK and they’re being introduced to combat high level of air pollution, with daily fees for motorists to nudge them towards alternative transport methods.
Amanda Stretton’s a Racing Driver & Motoring Journalist - and explains why the public may be entitled to feel slightly confused.
Forms of Clean Air Zones already exist in London, Bath and Birmingham is to welcome its too - research by Motorway and OpinionMatters suggests almost a quarter of UK motorists have no idea what a Clean Air Zone is whilst almost half are on board with the concept.
21% of UK motorists do not know what a Clean Air Zone is, while a further 21% are unsure
- Only 16% know how to check if they will be charged when driving through a Clean Air Zone, and only 12% know what the minimum standard for their vehicle is
- 44% agree with the principle that petrol and diesel vehicles should be charged for driving in densely populated areas
More than a fifth (21%) of UK motorists do not know what one is, and 21% are unsure of how they work, or how they may be affected by their introduction, according to used car marketplace, Motorway. Two thirds of motorists admit that they are not aware that a Clean Air Zone is being introduced in Birmingham on 1st Juneand what’s more, only 16% know how to check if they will be charged when driving through one. Also, only 12% know what the minimum standard for their vehicle is.
Every Clean Air Zone is different – tailored to the area and the aims it wishes to achieve. But, in principle, they split opinion. While 44% agree that petrol and diesel vehicles should be charged for driving in densely populated areas, 33% disagree and 23% sit on the fence.
Whatever the case, a prediction can be made that the zones will do their job – 36% said they would avoid travelling by car, van or motorbike if given an additional charge, while 21% would consider selling their petrol or diesel vehicle in favour of a greener, electric vehicle.
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