Clean Air Zones are areas where targeted action is taken to improve air quality. They are being introduced nationally to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide. Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council have been asked by government to assess the need for a Clean Air Zone in the city. A study suggests a charging scheme is needed in Southampton for the most polluting buses, coaches, taxis and heavy goods vehicles. Supporting measures are also proposed to protect the most vulnerable business and encourage uptake of cleaner vehicles.

Southampton and the New Forest are currently consulting on the proposals for a Clean Air Zone in Southampton.

For full details about the Clean Air Zone and to take part in the survey, go to Clean Air Zone consultation.