Clean Air Zone

Have your say in our air quality consultation

We’re looking for people living, working and commuting in Leeds and the wider region to have their say on our latest proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city. These proposals include implementing a Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ).

Our consultation questionnaire gives you an opportunity to shape our final CAZ proposals which will be presented to the government later this year. Our final CAZ proposals for the City of Leeds will need to achieve compliance with national air quality levels in the shortest possible timescale. We also want to consider the overall impact on Leeds—including financial impacts, impact on equality and the displacement of emissions to other areas.

It follows an informal consultation earlier this year which helped us understand how the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) would affect businesses and residents in Leeds. Your responses to this informal consultation helped inform and shape our current proposals.

We also want to know what you believe our ambitions should be for reducing air pollution in Leeds beyond 2020.

The public consultation will run from 28 June to 12 August 2018. It can be completed online or in writing by visiting your local community hub or public library. 

If you would like to find out more about our consultation and speak to members of our team in person, we are holding multiple consultation events across the city centre. A full list of these events can be found in the ‘downloads’ section of this page.

Click the link below to complete the consultation:


What is air pollution?

Air pollution is the term we use to describe gases and particles in the air that we breathe and are harmful to our health.

We can’t always see it but air pollution has serious implications for our health.

Evidence shows that spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, damage our lungs and is linked with an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.

Why do we need to reduce air pollution

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has identified Leeds as one of many U.K. cities unlikely to comply with legal air quality levels by 2020.

As a result of this, the government have instructed Leeds City Council to introduce a CAZ and take other actions to reduce air pollution as soon as possible in order to ensure that outdoor air pollution in Leeds does not exceed legal air quality levels.

Leeds City Council has both a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that no community in our city is forced to breathe illegal levels of polluted air. A failure to act could result in the council being charged with huge fines and, more importantly, potentially fatal consequences for local residents and workers.

How were these proposals developed?

The proposals that we are consulting on are a result of many months of work and have been informed by comprehensive research and consultation including:

  • An informal consultation completed by almost 9,000 residents, visitors and businesses. Guidance from the government.
  • Public engagement events with more than 80 trade groups and drop in engagement events attended by hundreds of residents.
  • An economic analysis undertaken by independent experts.
  • Detailed modelling into the impact on traffic and vehicles emissions of various types/areas of CAZ.
What are Leeds City Council currently doing to reduce air pollution in the city?

Find out more about what Leeds City Council are currently doing to reduce air pollution in the city





Let's clear a few things up


Cyclists and pedestrians are exposed to more air pollution than drivers


Wrong. As well as being better for your health and fitness, evidence shows that cyclists and pedestrians are also less exposed to air pollution than people in vehicles. This is because your air filter probably doesn’t remove pollution from the air it circulates and being on the road itself means that your vehicles is surrounded by exhaust fumes. Pedestrians and cyclists are also less exposed because even 1 metre away from traffic, there is considerably less pollution than on the road itself.


Turning your engine on and off again whilst sat in traffic releases more emissions than leaving it running.


Whether you’re stuck in traffic or just waiting to pick someone up, if you think that your car might be stationary for more than 2 minutes it’s better to turn your engine off than leave it running. Doing so will reduce the amount of gases harmful to our health and the environment that your car emits. It’s an easy way to reduce your own contribution to air pollution!


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