Businesses and drivers most likely to be affected by the Governments proposed Clean Air Strategy, and the Clean Air Zones that will be in place in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by the end of next year, remain in the dark about the plans.
In fact, one in five van drivers, owners and operators surveyed for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer – an independent sample of 2,000 van drivers, owners, operators and fleet managers – claim not to have heard about the proposed Clean Air Zones, while 41% say they fear they could have a negative impact on their business.
The Business Barometer indicates that 78% of van users want more clarity on what the charging and emissions criteria of these proposed CAZs will be.
Meanwhile, just 6% of those who took part in the survey were aware that Derby is one of the proposed five cities where roll-out will begin, and just 7% could name Southampton as another of the first cities to have a Clean Air Zone.
“It speaks volumes that business owners and van operators don’t see clearly when it comes to Clean Air; the communication about this topic simply hasn’t reached this important section of industry,” Steve Bridge, the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said.
“Clean Air Zones undoubtedly have a positive impact on the environment and our health but, equally, business owners need to know the impact these Zones will have on them too – forewarned is forearmed so they can prepare accordingly. To not have clear plans in place that are communicated effectively is doing a disservice to the hardworking business community.”