The clean air zone scheme proposed by the Bath and North East Somerset council (B&NES) has caused much worry for garage owners in Bath as several of them have banded together to protest, claiming the scheme could put them out of business if it goes ahead.
They say that the project could seriously impact upon them and their families.
The scheme entails charging certain vehicles £9 to enter the city – a move Mr Moxham, of Bath MOT Centre, thinks could drive his customers away. He is of the opinion that the plan hasn’t been well thought out by the Bath and North East Somerset council.
Angus Sheppard, who runs Henriette Mews Garage, thinks B&NES are being “overzealous”.
Archway Garage owner, Paul Firth believes more attention should be given to businesses who will be affected.
Roy Flavell of HiQ Tyres and Autocare, and Ken Wheeler of Midland Car Company, have also joined the protest.
The clean air zone scheme is as a result of the government order which will attract a fine if not obeyed.
An independent advisor to B&NES in a report has put the total cost of the proposed zone at £133 million over 10 years.
The report predicts that the zone will take some cars out of the city centre, reducing congestion and shortening travel time for those that remain.
B&NES has stressed that the zone would improve the air and reduce the threat air pollution poses to all who live, visit or travel through the city.