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The Clean Air Zone

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was introduced on 30 January 2023, to help improve air quality. 

For full details about the CAZ visit the breathe clean air website (opens new window).

Why we need a Clean Air Zone

We set up CAZ in partnership with Newcastle City Council in response to a government legal order.

This order required us to take action to reduce levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions from vehicles.

Pollution can have very serious effects on our health. It's linked to serious conditions such as:

  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • breathing problems, including childhood asthma

Older people and young children are more likely to be affected. Also, people who spend a lot of time driving due to pollutants which are often found in higher levels inside vehicles.

We have looked at different ways of reducing nitrogen dioxide levels but none were found to be effective as a Clean Air Zone.

Where the Clean Air Zone will be

The zone covers most of Newcastle city centre, including the Tyne Bridge, Redheugh Bridge, Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge.

CAZ 2022 bridges

What the Clean Air Zone means for motorists

It will mean charges for certain vehicles to enter the zone, but will not affect private cars, motorbikes or any vehicle that already meets national CAZ emissions standards.

If you drive or operate a taxi, van, bus, coach or HGV you will be charged if your vehicle does not comply with government emissions standards.

Vans will be charged from July 2023.

It's important that you check whether your vehicle complies and if you will be charged.

Enter your registration number on the Gov.UK national CAZ vehicle checker (opens new window)

Support and further information

Financial support is available for those affected to help you upgrade or replace your vehicle. There are some exemptions, including a temporary exemption for people who have sought to upgrade their vehicle but have to wait for a compliant model to become available.

Find out more information on what it means for drivers of different vehicles, what support is available and how to apply for support on the breathe clear air website (opens new window).