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Anglo Scottish Asset Finance helps Newcastle and Gateshead businesses achieve clean air compliance

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Anglo Scottish Asset Finance Ltd has been appointed by Newcastle City, and Gateshead Council to deliver the financial assistance scheme to support businesses affected by the introduction of a clean air zone in Newcastle City Centre.

The financial assistance scheme has been launched to support Newcastle and Gateshead’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will charge some of the most polluting vehicles to drive in the city centre. From 30 January 2023, non-compliant taxis, buses, coaches, and HGVs will be charged to enter the zone, with charges for vans and light goods vehicles beginning in July 2023. The scheme only affects buses, coaches, taxis, vans, and heavy goods vehicles that do not meet national Clean Air Zone emissions standards and will not affect private cars.

The scheme has been created in response to a legal direction by the UK Government to the councils in Newcastle and Gateshead to take action to reduce illegal levels of traffic-related pollution. Financial support will be provided in the form of a grant to help reduce the cost to businesses to replace non-compliant vehicles and avoid paying a daily charge for driving in the city centre, it will also aid in the city’s goals to meet the government targets in the shortest possible time.

The initiative is funded by the Government’s Clean Air Fund, to help businesses to upgrade non-compliant vehicles, as well as to educate businesses and individuals on how to switch to more sustainable forms of transportation. You can find out if you’re eligible by visiting Newcastle and Gateshead councils dedicated Breath-Clean Air website.

Established in 2007, Anglo Scottish is an independent finance broker, providing a range of financial services across the UK including asset finance, business loans, as well as personal vehicle solutions, and vehicle sourcing.

Anglo Scottish has previously worked with Bath & North East Somerset, and Bristol Council to develop the two city’s pioneering financial assistance scheme and has helped over 400 businesses to replace non-compliant vehicles and avoid daily charges to enter the respective city centres.

Businesses can benefit from Anglo Scottish’s clean air zone services which include, grant application assistance towards the acquisition of new compliant vehicles, retrospective grant applications for vehicles already purchased, financing to spread the cost, and vehicle sales/part exchange facility to source and replace their existing vehicles.

“We’re delighted to be working with Newcastle City and Gateshead councils to support businesses in becoming clean air compliant.” Commented David Foster, MD at Anglo Scottish.

“As a North East based business, we already deal with many companies who regularly drive in and out of the city centre, and the Anglo Scottish team is in a fantastic position both in our expertise and geographical location to be able to support all affected businesses with our “one-stop-shop” solution of grant assistance, cost-effective finance, and vehicle sourcing to reduce the pressures on businesses”

A spokesperson for Newcastle and Gateshead councils, said: “Poor air quality has a serious impact on people’s health and one of the ways in which we are seeking to address this is by introducing a Clean Air Zone.

“This will help to reduce harmful emissions by encouraging individuals and businesses to upgrade and replace older, higher polluting vehicles – with financial assistance available to help towards the cost of doing so.

“We’re pleased to be working with Anglo Scottish to deliver these funds to local businesses.”

Concerns raised over Leeds Clean Air Zone charging plans

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Many commercial vehicle operators will not have enough time or money to upgrade their fleets for the introduction of the new Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ) arriving in January 2020.

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) issued the warning as Leeds City Council became the first authority to have its charging CAZ plans approved by government. It will charge non-Euro VI trucks £50 per day to enter parts of the city from 6th January 2020.

To help businesses affected, government has pledged more than £29 million in funding for the council to implement the zone and support businesses. The council has stated that £13.8m would be made available as grants of up to £16,000 per affected HGV, subject to a ‘funding competition’. Applications are expected to open towards the end of March and grants can be used for either retrofitting or towards the purchasing of a new vehicle.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “Around half of the UK truck fleet is currently non-compliant with the CAZ standards so we are pleased to see that Leeds City Council will be providing support to HGV operators.

“With less than a year to go until the new charging zone comes in, small businesses will need all the help they can get as they will be hardest hit by charges. With a typical rigid 18-tonne truck costing £40,000, many companies are going to face massive costs in upgrading their fleets.

“We would like to see more cities following in the footsteps of Nottingham, whose air quality measures are set to reach targets without the introduction of charging zones.”

Leeds City Council Councillor James Lewis, executive member with responsibility for sustainability and the environment announced the council’s approved plans thusly: “Businesses that are likely to be affected need to look at the vehicles they operate and begin their final preparations for the introduction of the zone. We recognise that this will be a difficult transition for some businesses to make.

“We have not received the full amount of funding that we asked the government for, however, we are pleased to confirm today that a number of significant financial support packages will be available to assist owners of affected vehicles. We will be working hard to make sure this money is available swiftly. Leeds City Council will not make money from these charges.”

The BVRLA says it continues to engage with cities across the UK to encourage them to consider all alternatives to charging Clean Air Zones.