As of 30th January 2023, the Newcastle and Gateshead Clean Air Zone has been introduced, meaning that certain high-emission vehicles will have to pay to drive into the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead. This may affect your planning if you occasionally or regularly drive in the area. Here’s all you need to know about the CAZ.
What vehicles are affected by the Newcastle Clean Air Zone?
Not all vehicles will have to pay a fee, as private cars, motorbikes and low-emission vehicles won’t be charged for entering the Clean Air Zone. However, taxis, private hire vehicles, buses, coaches, HGVs, vans and light goods vehicles may all have to pay if they’re non-compliant. You can check to see if your vehicle is compliant on the national Clean Air Zone website.
How much will I have to pay to enter the Newcastle Clean Air Zone?
If you don’t drive a compliant vehicle, the amount you’ll have to pay depends on the vehicle you drive. Buses, coaches and HGVs that are non-compliant will be charged £50 per day, whilst taxis and private hire vehicles will incur a £12.50 fee per day. Non-compliant vans will be charged £12.50 from July 2023, but private cars are exempt from any CAZ charges.
Where is the Newcastle Clean Air Zone?
This is a map of where the Newcastle Clean Air Zone covers, from Breathe Clean Air:
© Breathe Clean Air
How do I pay in the Newcastle Clean Air Zone?
You should look to pay for your trip up to 6 days before or 6 days after your journey. Failure to pay after could see you handed a penalty charge notice (PCN). To pay, you can visit the Clean Air Zone website, or call their telephone line.
Quicksilver and the Clean Air Zone
At Quicksilver we’re used to making many trips in and out of the city centre, helping businesses to move and move people into their new homes. In our fleet we use many high-tech, energy-efficient and CAZ-compliant vehicles, from vans all the way up to HGVs. If you’re looking to move in the North East, then contact Quicksilver today for your quote.
Josh is a writer for Quicksilver Moving and Storage, regularly updating the blog with the latest moving tips and advice.