Things appear to have simplified – the zone options have reduced to one – the extended option. If so, we are now left with one question – how many types of vehicles will be chargeable:
- Class B (higher emission buses, coaches, private hire, taxis and heavy goods vehicles),
- Class B+C (higher-emission light goods vehicles),
- Class B+C+D (higher-emission cars)?
In my view the $64,000 question will be whether class D will be included or not? If it isn’t, then air quality on London Road should see an improvement, but it will make little difference to NE Bath’s rat-run which is mainly cars and lighter vans.
And you can check here to see whether your car might be chargeable if Class D was included.
The Council’s consultants’ air quality modelling tools will have to assist the Council in making their final business case effective and credible to Defra. Let’s hope the assumptions they make are also credible and not designed to fudge the best opportunity to make a real difference we’ve ever had.
Finally if you study the maps carefully there are new rat run opportunities in Fairfield Park, Weston and Oldfield Park which will have to be addressed.