From Clean Air Zones to cities such as Birmingham and Bristol planning to ban highly polluting vehicles, if there is ever time to drive an electric vehicle, it is coming a lot sooner than most drivers think.
The government are also reacting to air pollution and the climate crisis with new Company Car Tax Rates. The new rates offer a very attractive reason to consider ‘Going Electric’ through large money savings potential on taxation.
As of April 6th 2020, if you drive an electric company car, you will be taxed at the rate of 0%, meaning you will not pay company car tax. This will increase to 1% the following year and 2% the year after.
As well as the savings on tax, electric vehicles offer saving potential on fuel, as electric is cheaper than petrol or diesel and by being exempt from any Clean Air Zone charges.
As a registered charity, Keech provide free, specialist care for adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire, and children from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses.
The charity raises funds for support and research into MND in the UK. It was started by former Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir who was diagnosed with the disease in June 2017. Their main objectives are:
- To raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate possible cures. - Make grants available to individual sufferers to enable them to lie as fulfilled life as possible.
MNDa is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND.
As well as this, our local offices are supporting food banks around the country.
- Ogilvie Fleet in Stirling have raised over £1,000 for Start-up Stirling, along with around 50 bags of shopping - Ogilvie Fleet in Sheffield have donated funds raised from dress down days to a local food bank - Ogilvie Fleet Southern team donated Tesco vouchers to Grand Union Housing Association to support a Christmas food bank created for residents in their properties - Our Tilsun and Active Claims Solutions offices have supported their local food banks in Cheshire and Bournemouth respectively.
We would like to wish all our customers, staff and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
CAZ (Clean Air Zones) are areas in the UK where the government have or are planning to implement a scheme to reduce the amount of air pollution within the area. Most commonly these are within city centres, where pollution levels are at their highest.
Most modern vehicles will be exempt from CAZ charges. All vehicles that comply with the recent emission standards known as Euro 4, 5 and 6 will be exempt, these include;
1. Petrol cars meeting the Euro 4 standard or later
2. Diesel cars that meet harder Euro 6 standard
3. Electric Vehicles
Five Mandatory clean air zones
There are five mandated cities by the government to deploy Clean Air Zones, these are Nottingham, Derby, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds.
Bristol will become the first city within the UK to ban diesel vehicles from entering parts of the city centre in a bid to reduce air pollution.
In a Bristol City Council cabinet meeting on the 5th of November, plans to ban diesel vehicles by 2021 were approved. The ban will mean all privately owned diesel vehicles will not be able to enter the city centre during the day, and commercial vehicles with have to pay a fee.
This makes Bristol the first city within the UK to approve such plans, however in mainland Europe Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona all have implemented similar plans to ban or charge a fee for diesel vehicles in the city centres, with the aim to reduce pollution.
The ban will be in affect from 7am to 3pm, 7 days a week, and cover the centre of Bristol and include parts of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside, and part of Hotwell.
A wider Clean Air Zone has also been approved which will charge vehicles which do not meet emission standards.
For diesel taxis and vans to enter the wider Clean Air Zone, drivers will have to pay a daily charge of £9 and buses and HGVs £100. Private diesel car will not be charged for entering the wider Clean Air Zone.
The ban in the city centre and the wider CAZ will be enforced through a number plate recognition system, similar to the one used to enforce the congestion charge in London. However the specific detail of how much fines will be are yet to be decided.