Leeds Clean Air Zone will drive hauliers out of business

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The Road Haulage Association has reacted angrily to a plan by Leeds City Council to charge non-Euro VI trucks £50 a day to enter the city’s clean air zone.

Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “These charges would be disastrous for hauliers. An average SME operator makes around £60 profit per truck, per week, so how can anyone expect them to absorb up to £350 each week to deliver the goods the city relies on?”

The proposal is contained in a report to the council’s executive board. Once the proposals are ratified by the council, they have to be submitted to the government for approval.

Burnett said: “We urge Leeds to phase the implementation of the CAZ to give operators a realistic timeframe to upgrade their trucks.”

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