Tyneside Clean Air Zone

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As reported by the BBC, Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside authorities have said that charges for high-polluting vehicles will not sufficiently reduce emission levels. Instead, the councils want to explore other option including improvements to public transport and cycling as well as a diesel car scrappage scheme and tax breaks for electric vehicles.  This follows calls from the government to improve air quality by 2021 with local authorities being given nearly £500million for improvements as they are best placed to decide how to tackle air quality issues in their areas. Newcastle City Council leader, Nick Forbes, said that the charges would be “profoundly damaging” for the poorest communities as a Clean Air Zone would “increase inequalities by forcing people on low incomes to pay huge amounts of money.”

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