New car tax changes affecting petrol and diesel owners to launch in four more cities

Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city

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Three new Clean Air Zones will be installed in the cities in Oxford, Bristol and Portsmouth later this year with charges set to hit owners of the most polluting cars. The new zones will come after Bath launched its scheme earlier in 2021 with Birmingham following earlier this week.

Oxford – August 2021

Oxford’s scheme will be the UK’s first zero-emissions zone which will see all cars except for electric vehicles issued fees.

Charges will then be based on the car’s overall emissions with the most polluting cars set to pay up to £10 per day.

However, even ultra-low emission hybrid cars will face charges of around £2 per day, rising to £4 from August 2025.

Petrol models which meet Euro 4 standards and diesel cars meeting Euro 6 standards are usually exempt from other charging zones.

However, Oxford’s scheme will see these cars pay £4 per day, rising to £8 per day within four years.

Bristol – October 2021

Bristol’s Clean Air Zone will only charge drivers of older passenger vehicles emitting the highest pollution.

Vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 or Euro 4 standards will face a £9 per day fee for entering the zone.

However, Bristol City Council claims only around 29 percent of current traffic levels will need to pay the fee.

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Exemptions will be offered for those working in the city who earn less than £24,000.

The council has also assured motorists they will not be charged if they are forced to enter the zone due to a diversion.


The new scheme is expected to launch “before the end of 2021” with an expected launch around November.

Unlike many other schemes, Portsmouth’s charge will not set fees for ordinary car drivers.

Instead, non-compliant HGV’s buses and coaches will be charged £50 per day to use the roads.

Meanwhile, taxis and private hire vehicles which do not meet emissions standards will be charged £10 per day.


Private cars will also be exempt from the Clean Air Zone fees in Newcastle.

Instead, coaches, buses, lorries and private hire cars will all face the fee when the project is eventually launched.

The scheme was set to come into effect from January 2021 but was delayed after a legal case regarding the installation of ANPR cameras.

A technology firm launched a legal appeal after losing out on a contract to supply the cameras.

However, Tyneside council claimed victory in a court case which would allow them to introduce the project.

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