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Portsmouth launches clean air zone


Mark Say Managing Editor


Portsmouth City Council has set up a clean air zone (CAZ) on the south-west side of the city using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and enforcement technology.

Yunex ANPR camera

It has begun to use Yunex Traffic’s Sicore II ANPR cameras at 42 locations and its enforcement system to identify and register every vehicle that enters the zone, with charges levied on non-compliant heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles.

Information captured at each location is interfaced with the national CAZ database for vehicle checking and payment.

Drivers of private cares, vans and motorcycles will not be charged in Portsmouth.

Councillor Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for community safety and environment, said: “We should be speaking about air quality every day. There are so many ways we can all make a difference to the air quality in our city. It might be using public transport more, ditching the second car and joining a car club, making your next vehicle electric, or walking, catching the bus or renting an e-scooter for your next short journey”.

The move follows the launch of similar schemes in cities including London and Birmingham.

Image from Yunex Traffic

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