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National Air Quality Action Plan

News image The UK Government is required by the European Commission infraction proceedings and the Supreme Court ruling of 29 April 2015 to submit a revised National Air Quality Action Plan to the European Commission by 31 December 2015. The new national AQAP (NAQAP) must aim to achieve compliance with the EU limit values for NO2 as quickly as possible in all UK zones via a new and improved set of air quality improvement measures. DEFRA recently consulted on the new draft NAQAP: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/airquality/draft-aq-plans

City of York Council’s air quality officers considered the measures proposed within the NAQAP. The NAQAP proposes few new measures and relies mainly on what DEFRA terms optional “Clean Air Zones” based on Euro IV petrol and Euro VI diesel emission standards. The DEFRA proposals are actually for low emission zones and should not be confused with the Clean Air Zones that have been proposed within York’s Low Emission Strategy and AQAP3 since September 2013.

DEFRA modelling assumes that the Euro VI emission standards will deliver the expected level of emission reduction from new vehicles over the next five years. There is currently limited evidence available on the performance of Euro VI vehicles. However, recent testing of Euro VI diesel cars and other vehicles has shown that many of these fail the emission tests in both the laboratory and real world driving conditions. In addition, the recent VW scandal has demonstrated that reliance on Euro emission standards for delivering air quality improvement is a risky strategy. Higher than expected levels of NO2 emissions from Euro V diesel vehicles are known to be one of the main reasons for the current continued exceedance of national airquality objectives in York. York’s detailed response to the NAQAP can be viewed here

Posted 24th November 2015

Ultra Low Emission Cities (ULEC) Bid

News image City of York Council is one of 12 local authorities that were shortlisted to become an exemplar ultra low emission city. We are currently awaiting the results of this bid.

The bid includes measures to encourage the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles and alternative fuels across the city and will build on existing measures such as York’s ‘pay as you go’ electric vehicle recharge point network, incentives for low emission taxis and the rollout of low emission buses.

Posted 21st July 2015

City Sightseeing Buses go Electric

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Five more of York’s City Sightseeing buses will be converted to electric, following the launch of the world’s first retrofitted electric-powered double-decker bus to the service last year.

Transdev is working in partnership with City of York Council who have been given £475,000 to convert the five existing diesel vehicles to full electric drive.

Neil Ferris, assistant director of transport, fleet and waste at City of York council, said: “York is again leading the way in improving air quality and bus travel. We’re the first city in the world to launch a new fleet of electric double-decker City Sightseeing buses, which supports our Low Emission Strategy"

Posted 26th May 2015

Monks Cross Park&Ride goes Electric

News image First Bus is introducing a new fully electric fleet of six buses at Monks Cross Park&Ride this month, following the successful launch of a fully electric fleet at the new Poppleton Park&Ride last June. The new fleet has been made possible by Green Bus Funding (approx £566k) from the Department for Transport.

Buses are topped up during the day using rapid chargers at the P&R terminal to give them a range of 120 miles, which will significantly reduce emissions along the Monks Cross P&R route.

Andrew Bradley, sustainable transport manager at City of York council, said: “Over four-million passenger journeys are made on York’s Park & Ride every year, making this one of the most used Park & Ride services in the UK. As well as reducing congestion on York’s roads, these new fully electric buses replace existing diesel buses and therefore represent a further step towards improving air quality in the city.”

Posted 25th May 2015

First fleet of low emission taxis take to streets of York

News image Streamline Taxis has become the first taxi service in the city to operate low emission vehicles with ten new hybrid taxis and one electric car, with support from City of York Council.

York was the first city in the UK to offer taxi drivers funding towards the price of a low emission taxi to help to reduce air pollution through the Low Emission Taxi incentive, which offers up to £3,000 off the purchase price of a new or used hybrid or electric taxi up to five-years-old.

Through this scheme, the council has been working with taxi drivers and associations over the past 18-months to promote the uptake of low emission taxis in York. It’s proved so popular there are now more than 30 hybrid taxis in York including Hackney and Private Hires with the first fully electric taxi also operated by Streamline Taxis.

To support the uptake of electric taxis there are also five rapid chargers in York including the Sports Village, Nunnery Lane car park, Monks Cross Park&Ride and Poppleton Bar Park&Ride that can charge an electric car in 20 minutes.

Posted 2nd December 2014

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