[KEIGHLEY, 11/03/2023] - Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore has called on Bradford Council to rethink their proposed Clean Air Zone, citing the harm it will cause his constituents whilst simply doing their jobs.
Last year, Bradford Council announced that certain vehicles would be charged £50 to enter Bradford City Centre. Moore has stated that this is a targeted tax, which would unfairly impact hard-working taxi drivers and construction workers from his constituency. Whilst the scheme was meant to be implemented last month, it has been delayed by Bradford Council due to a lack of facilities available to start the scheme.
A similar initiative was set to be introduced in Manchester by Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester. However, this has also been delayed and is now under review, with Moore calling on the leadership of Bradford Council to take a similar action. The Government recently announced £42 million worth of funding to local authourities to fund different Clean Air Initiatives, and Moore has urged Bradford Council to utilise this funding instead of their unfair Clean Air Initiative.
Robbie Moore MP said: “The Clean Air Zone initiative is a disaster waiting to happen; the plan will unfairly punish hard working, such as taxi drivers, construction workers and individuals just going about their daily business.
The strategy of imposing a tax in this manner will not encourage people to change their vehicle, but will just add another daily cost to their lives. This needs to be scrapped. We have seen a similar proposal in Greater Manchester, in which Mayor Andy Burnham has now decided to review. Bradford Council need to swallow their pride and do the same, for the sake of hardworking people right across people Keighley and Ilkley who are set to be penalised by this. The Government have allocated funding to local councils to fund different clean air plans; Bradford Council must use this funding in a way which will not punish people for doing their jobs.
I am very supportive of Councillors who are pushing to stop this, and I will be following the debate this week very closely.”