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The council have decided that from late 2022 that certain vehicles will have to pay to go into the city centre, some buses and HGVs will be charged £50 per day to drive within the inner ring road, with some taxis being charged £10. Private cars and electric or greener vehicles will be exempt. 

Sheffield City Council said. The move will encourage drivers to choose and upgrade to cleaner vehicles, I wonder how long it will be before private cars are then included in the scheme.

Sheffield city centre Clean Air Zone approved - BBC News

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What evidence have they given to support this new tax?

 

The same scheme was due to be implemented in Leeds in 2019, but after the pandemic, the scheme has been pretty much scrapped as traffic levels fell dramatically.

I'm sure the same happened in Sheffield, there simply aren't as many vehicles on the road as there were a couple of years ago.

 

If air pollution has not fallen as traffic has fallen then they are looking in the wrong direction.

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Very ambitious to think it will encourage people to sell a kidney so they can buy an electric car. 

Have they considered it may just result in changing their habits and stop visiting the city?  

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5 minutes ago, busdriver1 said:

Very ambitious to think it will encourage people to sell a kidney so they can buy an electric car. 

Have they considered it may just result in changing their habits and stop visiting the city?  

I think that happened years ago .

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9 minutes ago, hackey lad said:

I think that happened years ago .

I was being generous 🤣

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I don’t post regularly but when I have, I have often defended the Council against some of the more irrational bashing, however this issue needs a lot more investigation from our esteemed local media and campaigners.

 

Changes in fleet and the impact of covid on working patterns showed that a category A CAZ would have met the legal thresholds - but after years of political incompetence and mismanagement, SCC has been stung by the Government’s stipulation that the CAZ should be implement in the “shortest possible time”.
 

The data supports a far less stringent CAZ (category A) but they’ve kicked the can down the road so long they have run out of time to implement it and instead have to stick to the  previously consulted upon scheme (category C) as this will take less time to implement. This has massive implications for taxis and van driving business owners and was all avoidable.

 

there needs to be some major public scrutiny on this issue. It’s a disgrace. 


I don’t expect people to just take my word for it. I hope however people and press will investigate. There’s a massive story here. We could have had a Category A caz and have ended up with a cat C and businesses will fold as a result thanks to Julie Dore, Bob Johnson and Terry Fox. 

  
 

 

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As  a society we have been pushed along an autocentric way of life by vested interests for decades.Is it now time to stop and make people transit available to all by providing accessible safe  affordable mass transportation?

This is a big question with the answer way above my ability to even begin to sort out but it seems obvious that the way we transport people now is a foolish way to carry on.

 

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Air pollution of certain types and at certain concentration harm people, make people ill and cause early deaths.

If a waste tip released pollutants at the same rate as vehicles do in e.g. Broomhill there would be uproar and it would be closed down immediately.

 

Peoples love of cars-and it is overwhelmingly cars in Broomhill-overrides their concern for the environment, sick people in and visiting the hospitals, large numbers of pedestrians(+students), resident, workers etc.,  and the 2000+ children who attend schools and nurseries.

 

As this week is half term the hypocrites who drive their kids to the ten+ schools and nurseries are absent from the roads making for a safer, healthier and cleaner week.

 

The "Polluter pays" principle should apply to all traffic including electric vehicles(they are not pollution free), buses and trains.

 

You will not find me on any 'environmentalist', 'climate change' etc. support group.

This is chemistry-This is peoples health

 

 

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Are refuse lorries exempt?

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another nail in the city of Sheffield coffin  a once great city, now reduced to a mash up of political ideology.

 

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32 minutes ago, Annie Bynnol said:

As this week is half term the hypocrites who drive their kids to the ten+ schools and nurseries are absent from the roads making for a safer, healthier and cleaner week.

 

 

This zone only effects commercial vehicles though doesn't it?  So those parents won't be targeted?

 

As Thorpist already pointed out, for a very long time everything has been encouraged into the city centre.  Now they're surprised the air quality isn't great??  What a shocker!!

I seem to remember the Ikea development saga dragged on for so many years because the council were adamant it should be built nearer the city centre.  

What an entirely foolish argument that has been shown to be.

 

How are the public supposed to manage when the idiots making the rules keep changing their tune so often?

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With Debenhams and John lewis gone then there really is little reason nowadays to go to the city centre unless you work there.

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