Increased emissions in and around Newcastle have prompted Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, and North Tyneside Council to take drastic measures to address the air quality in the city, by proposing an adoption of a Clean Air Zone. This policy would see central areas of Newcastle follow London’s lead by implementing a penalty fee that is charged per day for vehicles that don’t meet Clean Air Zone - or CAZ - standards. The proposed charges range from £12.50 per day for cars through to £50 per day for lorries, buses and vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. Further penalties may apply to any drivers that fail to pay, so it could prove very costly for motorists who choose to ignore it.
The timeline for the proposed change is fast moving; the new scheme could be in place by the end of 2020, so it is vitally important that Newcastle motorists know if their vehicle is exempt from the charges. Vehicles that meet the most recent emissions standards should be exempt from the fees. More widely, exempt vehicles include: petrol cars registered after 2005, petrol vans and minibuses registered after January 2006, diesel cars registered after September 2015, and diesel cars and minibuses registered after September 2016.
The councils have provided guidance, but to ensure clarity, we at Hodgson Motor Group want to support our customers with understanding if their vehicle is CAZ compliant.
And for those who are looking to change their vehicle for something newer with fewer emissions, we have a great range of cars available.
In particular the Toyota Hybrid range that could save you over £2,800 per year in penalty fees. With excellent offers and the Hodgson Price Promise, there’s never been a better time to invest in an eco-friendly car.