Car tax changes: New updates mean selling your car for a new model is an ‘obvious choice’

Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city

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Alex Buttle, Director of said drivers should “strike while the road is hot” and secure a new used car compliant with the scheme to avoid daily charges.He said the used car market was “booming” and it was an ideal time to switch to a new model to avoid the tough daily charges.

Mr Buttle said: “Clean Air Zones are popping up all over the country.

“First in London with ULEZ, then a CAZ in Bath, and now Birmingham.

“However you feel about them, if the car you’re driving means you’ll be charged when you enter the CAZ, then selling it may be an obvious choice to save money.

“Especially while the used car market is so strong and prices of non-compliant cars are expected to fall this year for these types of cars.

“The used car market is booming right now, due to a real lack of new cars coming to market, so car owners may want to strike while the iron is hot.

“Whether you go all-in on an electric vehicle or opt for a CAZ-compliant lower-emission petrol or diesel car there’s an incredible choice available whatever your price range and style.”

Initial estimations from Birmingham City Council suggested around 25 percent of the cities traffic could face charges under the scheme.

The project will see all non-compliant cars charged £8 per day to use many of the city centre’s roads inside the A4540 Middleway ring road.

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To avoid the charge, diesel cars must conform to Euro 6 emissions standards which were introduced in 2015.

It is likely diesel drivers will be caught out as many cars purchased before this date may still be on the roads.

Meanwhile, petrol cars must meet the Euro 4 emissions standards but these were introduced in 2006.

Ditching an old used car for a new model may sound draconian, but Birmingham City Council has pushed the idea.

Their new Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage scheme is now open for applications and could see drivers paid a small fee towards the cost of a new car.

In return for exchanging a vehicle, drivers could receive up to £2,000 to be spent on a new vehicle or as free credit on public transport services.

The £10milion Scrappage Scheme aims to support those who earn less than £30000 and rely on city entre travel in their daily lives.

Kevin Cartwright, General Manager of Motorway Birmingham and Oldbury said there were “hundreds” of moles available which were compliant under the new Clean Air Zone.

He said: “We’re delighted to see the Clean Air Zone Vehicle Scrappage and Travel Scheme go live and with it the opportunity to further reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions in the city.

“Motorpoint has hundreds of low mileage, nearly new vehicles all under warranty available at its branches across the city.

“Every one of which is Clean Air Zone compliant.”

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