An increase in Leeds clean air zone charges for lorries would see hauliers go out of business, warns the Road Haulage Association.
There are fears that Leeds City Council could increase charges for non-Euro VI trucks to enter the CAZ after the Government rejected their bid for £40m to fund the scheme. DEFRA has directed the local authority to submit new plans which ask for less money.
Leeds had proposed a £50 daily charge for non-Euro VI lorries to enter the zone, but the RHA is worried that a revised bid will see hauliers charged even more to make up the shortfall.
“Any increase to these already punitive charges would be disastrous for firms delivering in Leeds,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett.
“Hauliers can’t afford to be saddled with even higher operating costs at a time of huge economic uncertainty.”
He warned that pricing out trucks could see a modal shift towards vans, leading to an increase in congestion and pollution in the city.