A clean air zone charge, or CAZ, is coming to Leeds and the big question we are all asking is "Will I be charged to drive in Leeds?"
The answer to this question is YES, NO and MAYBE.
As a private car owner, no you won't. (Although, Leeds City Council has suggested that they may reconsider this.)
However, in a coach or minibus then yes, you might be!
Let's explore what Leeds Clean Air Zone is and then how it affects you!
The first question to ask is why is Leeds Council doing this?
As part of an EU Directive on air quality, 28 cities were identified to be problems, but there were 5 highlighted as especially problematic. Leeds was in this top 5.
The problem is that these cities will be over the nitrogen oxide compliance limits by 2020 if they keep going like they are. So, these 5 cities have been told to address their NO2 levels as soon as possible.
One action to reduce this air pollutant is to discourage the most toxic vehicles from entering the City centre. This, in turn, will reduce the pollution and improve the air quality in our great city.
Consequently, any coach or minibus that does not meet the minimum engine standards will need to pay a daily charge for entering the ‘zone’. In the instance of a non-compliant coach, this cost will be £50 per day. So, you may see the cost of your trip in an older coach or minibus substantially increase!
Only the most polluting vehicles will have the pay the CAZ charge when they enter. So, if your coach is below either a Euro 4 petrol engine or Euro 6 diesel engine, then it will cost you £50. This charge affects the following:
Subsequently, if you are planning a trip by coach or minibus to many of the UK's major cities, you may see your journey cost increase if your travel company does not have compliant vehicles.
The great news is that no charge will be applied to any private cars (for now) or coaches, minibuses and vehicles as long as they are compliant. Luckily, all of our fleet at TJs Travel are compliant. All of our modern vehicles have newer, cleaner Euro 5 and 6 engines. So, if you travel with us, you will be unaffected by these plans.
Leeds CAZ arrives 1st January 2020. Under the current proposals, this Clean Air Zone will follow the boundary of the outer ring road, down to the M621 in the south of the city.
This clean air zone will cover over 55% of the city )if you want to know where visit www.leeds.gov.uk/airqualityconsultation
The great news is that here at TJs Travel we have always been committed to our environment. We take every action to ensure that our modern vehicles are as eco-efficient as possible. You can be confident that with us, you won't see an increase in price once CAZ arrives.
We also regularly maintain and service our vehicles in-house to ensure their optimum efficiency while reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
Right now we are working harder than ever to ensure that our vehicles continue to be compliant. Every one of our coaches and minibuses run on the latest Euro compliant engines. They produce fewer emissions per mile than ever before!
We also meet current regulations set by Transport for London (TFL). As a regular user of London, we work within the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
To achieve this, we not only ensure that all our coaches are ULEZ compliant, but we also use specialised catalytic converters and 'Adblue' technology to reduce our emissions throughout our fleet further.
All of our drivers are trained to use the eco-friendliest routes; meaning that you pay less while helping the planet. Our highly trained planning office find the most efficient route for your trip so that we produce fewer emissions and therefore reduce any potential pollution.
If this blog has forced you to look at your travel company right now another thing to consider is a good Environmental Policy. We have one at TJs Travel, and it guarantees that our entire company, drivers and vehicles adhere to minimising emissions and taking continuous steps towards reducing our carbon footprint.
If you're a group planner & thinking about travelling by minibus or coach, then you're already doing your bit for the environment. Going by minibus or coaches causes less pollution per person per mile than it would do travelling as a group on a train or in a car. Especially when you use a company like TJs Travel who have CAZ compliant, low-emission vehicles and possess a genuine commitment to caring for you and our planet.
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Just a thank you for the excellent all round service from TJs Travel for our outing to Wetherby town and the races on Saturday 8th Dec. The coach was outstanding and the driver courteous and helpful.
Sorry, I was unable to travel to Castle Howard with my party yesterday but on their return, my friends were very complimentary regarding the Coach and Driver the trip was enjoyed by everyone.
Just got home from a break to London you covered for Omega. I want to say how much of a credit our driver Jason is to your company. From the moment he took over our tour he was faced with a lot of issues the previous driver had caused, but he dealt with each one with true professionalism, he honestly deserves a medal!! London was so busy and Jason handled it fantastically... and got us all home safely. Please pass on my gratitude to him he made our weekend!! And thank you to his little boy Kieran for letting us borrow his dad. Have fun on the quad fellas... Thanks Ashley & Amanda (The ladies who gave you the shortbread, ha ha)
Many thanks for a fulfilling our recent trip to the Blue Dolphin Haven Holiday Park near Filey. We were collected on Monday morning from home then returned Friday morning. We had two different drivers who were really helpful and pleasant. We had two different routes to and from the holiday, going via Driffield and returning via York and although the return journey had major delays on the roads everyone commented how professional the driver was, the buses were clean and very well presented with more than enough space for luggage and legroom. We are now looking for another holiday for next year and will no doubt be in touch to arrange travel. A first class job with a first first class service.
Thanks for a good service. Tony was brilliant.
A Mail Of “Thanks” Good Morning. A mail to express our "Thanks"for transporting us to the races yesterday. The coach was first class and more importantly our driver so helpful and kind,and it was good to meet the management as well. Hopefully it is the beginning of a on going service.
Thank you The tenants really enjoyed the day out and commented on how nice the bus was, they want to go back again nearer Christmas so I’ll be booking again
Prompt, efficient, reliable, friendly. Would definitely recommend and use again after a good day out at Manchester Emirates stadium.
I just wanted to send a very quick email to pass on my thanks to the coach drivers and the company for their support with our trip to Sheffield last Tuesday, 27.2.18. Obviously the weather caused some concern as it could have meant that we needed to cancel the trip. On the morning of the visit the coach drivers all arrived at school on time, parked in a great location and this meant that we were able to leave the school building safely and easily without school traffic causing a problem. I mentioned to one of the drivers that should the snow get any worse then we would need to possibly come back early. He gave me his contact details and said to contact him during the day. He explained that they were staying on site but I had his details should a change to the departure time be needed. All of the drivers were really friendly and helped with the smooth running of a very large school visit. As arranged the buses were numbered and this was really helpful. Once again - thank you. We know we can always rely on you!
I just also wanted to thank the driver - he was fabulous! Especially with the first day problem of the car park gate being locked.
Just a quick thank you to yourselves at TJs travel for the bus provided on Saturday. Everything went excellent, the driver was on time and excellent with our members, The bus was in pristine condition and more than we could have ever asked for. We will definitely use your services again and recommend to friends and family.
Would just like to say on behalf of everyone of us thank you for your services great company and will be recommended by us all and also great for the disabled too!
Would highly recommend TJ's Travel. Booked for a job today and the driver was ready and waiting for us, courteous and very professional. Will definitely use again.
The bus was immaculate and the driver full of character!
Lovely, clean bus and a lovely driver.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you! The coach was excellent and the driver was lovely and polite. All in all we were over the moon!
Superb service and excellent customer service in terms of sorting out fixtures and the personal touch of phone calls to sort out any issues which have arisen or to confirm fixtures.
I would just like to thank you for all your help and the service you provided. Everything was perfect!
Very good service across the board. We will be using you again and we would recommend your services too.
Responded to my enquiry quickly, very accommodating, safe driver. Driver was a top chap, well mannered, dressed appropriately. The vehicle was better than anticipated. We would definitely use you again and recommend you to friend's and family.
Every thing was 5 star. Driver was a credit to your company
I have just phoned one of the tenants to ask how it went and he said they all enjoyed and that the mini bus was great. So thank you and I will save your details for bookings in the future.
I just wanted to say thank you for supplying the coach for our day out yesterday. Everything went perfectly. Please could you pass on our thanks to the driver who was very efficient, courteous and very accommodating with picking up and dropping off on the way home.
Sorry I had meant to write before now to thank you for your mini bus for our Daughter's Wedding Day on the 29/4/17. Your Driver (sorry we've forgotten his name) was great on the day especially picking us up initially at Bond End traffic lights with the Tour De Yorkshire also adding to our stress on the day but all went according to plan thankfully.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for your excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish.
Just a quick email to say thanks for Saturday - great service throughout and would recommend. Relieved the day went smoothly!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ………. for an efficient service that you offered last night on our first company outing.
We had an excellent service and will continue to use TJ services, Regards Barbara
Just want to say a big thank you, I booked your bus for Manchester marathon on sun and got excellent service both on way there and return and the driver even let them have a toilet stop on way back, definitely book you again - thanks Steve.
Excellent service all round - could not have asked for a more helpful driver - would definitely use again.
Fantastic service! Will def be using again every time!
Once again great service from your staff, with seamless transfers. Thank you.
Just to say thank you to me and you guys for all help- they’re really happy with the vehicles/service and how quick we can cover any amendments/new quotes etc – looking at carrying on till at least end of the year!
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