YEP Says: Charges are start of clean air in Leeds

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PLans to charge high-emission buses, taxis and HGVs for coming into the city centre are the first step towards a Clean Air Zone but we have to be careful who will pick up the tab.

The council cannot charge excessively - its fines have to be enough to meet the costs of enforcing, administering and maintaining the scheme but the Government has said it cannot use them as a way to make money.

A cautious welcome then, but as 70 per cent of the current bus fleet don’t meet the standards they will have to be replaced or pay £100 a day to operate within the outer ring road. But who will that cost be passed onto? If it’s passengers it will be an own goal.