Venue: Room 16/17 Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN
Contact: Cheryll Kemsley, Democratic Services Officer tel: 02380688112; email: email@example.com
Southampton Clean Air Zone
The Chair welcomed to the meeting, Steve Guppy, Scientific Service Manager, and Rob Gloyns, Clean Air Zone Project Officer, Southampton City Council, who had been invited to give an update on Southampton’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to the Trade.
Steve proceeded to give a presentation on the Delivery of Southampton City Council’s Clean Air Strategy, and explained that evidence collected by Defra, Public Health England and the Local Government Association, stated that Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter exposure attributed to up to 50,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. With a growing list of negative health impacts, the cost of this exposure to society, businesses and NHS services exceeded £30 billion a year. Southampton was regularly cited as one of the worst five cities in the UK for air pollution due to having a very busy port, airport and two main motorway links.
In July 2017, the Government pledged to lead the first generation to leave the environment in a better place. The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was implemented in Southampton on a non-charging basis in 2017, and comprised a programme of measures to reduce emissions and offering incentives to help people do so. Southampton had secured funding for a feasibility study by Ricardo and Systra to assess the need for a CAZ and if possible, deliver it before 2020, with access restrictions and penalty charging introduced as part of the mandatory CAZ’s to those most populated areas.
The CAZ charging classes were:
The timetable for CAZ legislation would be adopted by the end of 2017/18; with infrastructure, procurement, installation, communications and awareness-raising taking place in 2018/19; and the CAZ complimentary measures in place in the five mandated cities outside London (Southampton, Birmingham, Derby, Leeds and Nottingham).
The Chair thanked Steve for a very informative, helpful and interesting presentation and opened the floor to questions.
The Forum voiced a number of concerns including: incentives/grants; dealerships being on board to push cleaner vehicles; timeframes; assurance that drivers could invest in vehicles for a minimum of three years; incentives for drivers to invest in hybrid electric vehicles as they were cheaper to run long term; Retrofit technology; cruise liners and large corporations not helping to address the problem.
It was noted that Southampton City Council was doing its very best with the tools of power it had, especially with regards to the port landlords and large corporations.
Taxi Survey Report and Cleaner Powered Vehicles
Steve Guppy, Scientific Services Manager, Southampton City Council, went on to report on the Taxi Operators Survey results. There had been 52 respondents of which 56% of them believed that poor air quality was affecting their health. The most preferred low emission vehicles were hybrid electric and Steve advised that Southampton City Council (SCC) was investing in charging infrastructure and was committed to installing 20-25 fast/rapid chargers in the city centre by March 2018, with the station and taxi ranks taking priority. Similar was planned for later in the year.
The SCC/EBC low emission vehicles licensing scheme was to be launched by the end of the year. It was planned to reward early adopters of low emission with a cashback reward at least sufficient to cover costs related to licensing for three years. The scheme would enable drivers to be eligible for replacement of non-CAZ compliant vehicles with yet to be confirmed CAZ compliant vehicles. The scheme was funded by Defra and expected to support approximately 100 vehicles.
SCC was to deliver a formal engagement exercise with all relevant stakeholder groups when the CAZ preferred option could be confirmed. It would implement information campaigns to all stakeholder groups on:
· The benefit of reduced emissions
· How to be CAZ compliant
· How to reduce emissions further.
It would also consider taxi operators as a key group in communicating the benefits of low emission transport.
The Chair once again thanked Steve for his presentation.
Notice Boards of Operators that Work Evenings
Agenda item 7 was taken as item 3 on the agenda.
Teresa Swann, Eastleigh BID Manager, reported that she had been asked two questions from the business partners:
(a) Could there be a notice board at the top of the rank by the bus station that listed companies that operated in the evening?
(b) Was the taxi rank used in Mitchell Road, if not it was proposed that there be a charge to park there and the monies used to fund the above notice board?
The HC trade advised that the mid-week night time economy had declined and suggested that perhaps the PH trade may wish to put details on the board. They had no objection to losing the rank in Mitchell Road.
Phil Bates added that perhaps Eastleigh BID could offer something in exchange for the loss of the rank in Mitchell Road.
ACTION: PB to liaise with TS/Eastleigh BID
Move to Depot (AL)
Agenda item 11 was taken as item 4 on the agenda.
Phil Bates advised that they were looking to move the Licensing function to the Depot in November 2017. Alan Lloyd said the only concern was that it would lead to making the Trade have vehicles examined at The Depot. PB advised it was not linked but there were concerns over the testing regime.
Paul Naylor added that in order to address these concerns he would like to convene another working group to help resolve any obstacles the Trade may foresee in holding the licensing function at the Depot. The Trade agreed that this was a good idea and PN suggested that this comprise the same members as the previous working group.
ACTION: PN to arrange working group.
To consider the Minutes of meeting held on 20 June 2017.
As there was insufficient time to finish the agenda, all remaining items, including the Minutes, were to be considered at a meeting to be convened in November.