Clean Air Zones

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd March 2021.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163196 on Clean Air Zones, what assessment he has made of the effect of the period of time between collecting the clean air zone fee on road users and the payment of the £2 charge levied by his Department to access the central services unit for clean air zones on local authorities’ budgets.

Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163196 on Clean Air Zones, what steps he has taken to estimate the time delay between local authorities collecting the clean air zone fee on road users and the payment of the £2 charge levied by his Department on access to the central services unit for clean air zones.

Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163196 on Clean Air Zones, if his Department will review the £2 charge levied by his Department on access to the central services unit for clean air zones if evidence shows a delay between required payment to his Department and the collection of the fee to road users by local authorities.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Motorists that are required to pay a Clean Air Zone charge must pay the charge no later than one week from the day of travel. Clean Air Zone charges collected by local authorities are available within 7 days of payment.

Invoicing terms are subject to agreements between local authorities and the department but local authorities will be required to pay to use the CAZ Central Service no more frequently than every quarter. Invoices will cover use of the CAZ central services in the previous quarter and will be required to be paid approximately two months after end of the same quarter.

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