Car tax changes to impact more Brits as rules set to launch in four more areas

Petrol and diesel drivers could see themselves forking a daily fee in other parts of the UK later this year.

This is because new car tax changes will be introduced in four more cities before the end of 2021.

Three new Clean Air Zones will be installed in the cities of Oxford, Bristol and Portsmouth with charges to hit the most polluting cars.

The new zones will come after Bath launched its scheme earlier in 2021 with Birmingham following this week.

Oxford's scheme will be the UK's first zero-emissions zone that will see all cars apart from electric vehicles issued fees.

Charges will then be based on the car's overall emissions with the most polluting vehicles paying up to a £10 fee per day.

But 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.

Meanwhile in Bristol, the Clean Air Zone will only charge drivers of older passenger vehicles emitting the highest pollution.

Vehicles that don't meet the Euro 4 or Euro 6 standards must pay a £9 charge per day for entering the zone.

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

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Portsmouth is expected to launch its new scheme "before the end of 2021" with it due around November time.

Unlike many other scheme, 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.

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And finally in Newcastle, private cars will be exempt from the Clean Air Zone fees.

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

The scheme was supposed to come into power from January 2021, but it was delayed.

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

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