KEIGHLEY people are being encouraged to give their views on plans for a clean air zone in the district.

More-polluting vehicles – such as buses, coaches, taxis, and heavy and light goods vehicles – would face a daily charge when entering the zone.

There would be no fee for private cars and exemptions would apply to some other vehicles such as those belonging to small-business owners, charities and schools, and emergency vehicles.

The proposed zone – which would take in Bradford city centre, Shipley and Saltaire – is part of Bradford Council efforts to improve air quality and the health of people across the district.

As part of a public consultation, which starts on Tuesday and runs until March 26, several information events are planned.

A session will take place at Central Hall, in Alice Street, Keighley, on Monday, March 2, between 1pm and 8pm. There will be presentations at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.

A drop-in specifically for taxi drivers is being held at Central Hall on Tuesday, February 25, from 11am to 2pm.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said: “It is important that people take part in the consultation and come down to these information events so they can see for themselves what the plans involve, how it effects them and why we are doing this. Pollution is linked to the number of preventable deaths in the district.”