Clean Air Zone implementation plans are currently being delayed due to a Government system that has not been developed on time. 
Leeds and Birmingham City councils have had to postpone the introduction of their new Clean Air Zones which are set to tackle air quality issues by charging older, more polluting vehicles from entering certain parts of cities. 
 
A vehicle checker tool, which is being delivered by the government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) was expected to be ready by October 2019. The vehicle checker will now not be available until at least December 2019 leaving just weeks before the zones were due to come into force in January 2020. 
 
Birmingham City Council have advised that their Clean Air Zone may be delayed until July 2020. The original plans for Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds came after the government identified that parts of each city would likely fail legal air quality levels by 2020 and instructed both local authorities to tackle air pollution as soon as possible. 
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