On the 1st January 2021 the introduction of an “Air Pollution Reduction Scheme”, such a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or a daily traffic toll will be rolled out across the North East England.
The two options carry heavy financial penalties on all polluting diesel and petrol lorries, vans, cars, buses and taxis, entering Newcastle... only ultra-low emissions vehicles will be exempt.
Why? Spending time in areas with high air pollution can worsen symptoms of asthma, damage our lungs and reduce life expectancy.
A Clean Air Charging Zone will reduce air pollution in Newcastle by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less polluting vehicles that won’t be subject to these charges.