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'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges
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The Government’s national database checker lets people see if their vehicle complies with Clean Air Zone regulations and will avoid a charge. From today Portsmouth’s Clean Air Zone will be added to the database alongside other cities such as Bath and Birmingham.
Councillor Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth’s cabinet member for community safety and environment said it was “important” people receive information on whether they need to pay.
The checker could be important as drivers may be able to get funding to help pay fees.
He said: “Even though a Clean Air Zone is not our preferred solution to improve air quality, it’s important that we provide people with as much information as possible.
‘You’ll now be able to check whether your vehicle will be charged by entering your vehicle registration number online.
“If you’re liable to pay a charge, get in contact with us about the funding that is available to help you upgrade or retrofit your vehicle.”
To use the online checker, drivers will need details of the number plate they want to check.
Once entered, drivers will receive how much they will need to pay to use all three Clean Air Zones.
Drivers will also be able to check multiple vehicles at one go which could be handy for family trips or businesses.
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From the checker, drivers can access services to pay for their Clean Air Zone charge in Birmingham.
This will be an £8 per day for drivers of normal internal combustion vehicles who do not meet emissions standards.
Bath does not charge private drivers and Portsmouth’s scheme is not yet in use until the end of 2021.
A separate service run by TfL is in operation for drivers hoping to check whether they are eligible for Congestion Charge ULEZ charges in London.
The TfL checker highlights how much drivers will need to pay across certain time zones.
Drivers can pay both a one-off charge or set up an AutoPay service to ensure they never miss a fee.
Failing to pay Clean Air Zone or ULEZ charges can have serious consequences with drivers likely to be issued fines.
Car drivers will be issued a £160 Penalty Charge Notice which can be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.
Failure to pay a charge after travelling in a Clean Air Zone in Birmingham will result in a £120 fine.
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