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Portsmouth City Council to use Siemens tech for clean air zone


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Portsmouth City Council has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to design a clean air zone (CAZ) to the south west side of the city.

It has begun to work with the council, the Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit and other programme partners on the design of the solution, which will involve the installation of its Sicore II ANPR cameras at 42 locations across the zone.

They will identify and register every vehicle that enters the CAZ, passing the information to the national database for vehicle checking and payment.

This follows a public consultation during the summer, and the CAZ is expected to be ready for live testing in August 2021 and for full implementation by November.

Cleaner travel

Councillor Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth’s cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “Improving cleaner travel options is essential to the future of our city, so I'm pleased that Siemens Mobility will bring their vast experience of clean air zone solutions and ANPR technology to the design of the Portsmouth CAZ.

“We must all take action to improve air quality and the CAZ is a significant part of the work we're doing to tackle air pollution in the city. This is supported by a number of other activities, including providing more electric vehicle charge points and retrofitting over 100 local buses so they meet cleaner Euro 6 standards."

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