Around half of small and medium size businesses are unaware that Clean Air Zones will start to be implemented in towns and cities across the UK as early as next year, according to a survey by one of Jaama’s industry associate members – The BVRLA.

A third of those asked were unaware that the Clean Air Zones were likely to involve charges for all but the most modern and least polluting diesel vehicles. 

In some cities charges will be as much as £100 per day for an HGV, £12.50 per day for other vehicles such as cars and vans.

Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Southampton and Birmingham have already been mandated to bring in operational CAZs by 2020 and 33 more considering what approach to take as part of their strategy to improve air quality. 

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney, said: “Unless more is done to publicise the impact of these various CAZs and mitigate their impact, hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country will be hit with a new regional road transport tax that will bring additional cost and confusion at a time when firms are already dealing with Brexit-related economic uncertainty.”