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The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has today hosted a roundtable event about the proposed Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

The Energy Saving Trust and Leeds City Council jointly hosted the meeting, while the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and other regional fleet bodies were also present.

“We are very grateful to Leeds City Council for welcoming us to their offices for this hugely important discussion,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney (pictured).

“Leeds Clean Air Zone will be a major development in the history and development of the local area.

It will affect hundreds of thousands of people not just in Leeds but across the region, together with tens of thousands of businesses. It’s vital that the development of the CAZ is based on wide consultation to maximise its effectiveness and not have an adverse impact on the wider economy and people’s quality of life”.

“We hope that this forum will be the first of many proactive and ongoing discussions between policymakers and fleet operators around the vital issue of air quality,”

“It is vital that clean air zones and other air quality measures are not just seen as a punitive stealth tax or piece of red tape. We all want to see fewer, cleaner vehicles used in cities, and the best chance of delivering this new vision of urban mobility will come from working together.”

Andrew Benfield, Group Director of Transport at the Energy Saving added: “Fleets are an important audience and working with the BVRLA means that we can influence a significant market of vehicles that are leased and rented in large numbers.

“Although most leased and rental vehicles are the most modern and clean, it’s important to be challenging and supportive of fleet operators through their vehicle choice process.”

The BVRLA has published a factsheet on air quality to coincide with the event. Entitled A Fleet-Friendly Air Quality Policy, the document covers areas including the transition to CAZs for businesses and individuals and incentives for low emission vehicles. Click here to read it on the BVRLA website.