Bus association opposes Newcastle clean air zone

The local bus operating trade association the North East Bus Operators’ Association has complained against the idea of a clean air zone in Newcastle that it believes will lead to increased bus fares and some routes being cancelled. The bus traders association is instead backing alternative plans for tolls on bridges across the Tyne.

In that instance buses will not pay a fee. Under the clean air zone proposals they would have to pay £50 to enter the zone but the vehicles must meet emission standards or may be banned.

“We have to do more to improve the environment in our region and that’s why we’re keen to get behind the more practical and balanced option of the LEZ and bridge tolls, where we know the bus can be a force for good and our regional economy can continue to thrive,” said Martijn Gilbert, chair of the bus association.

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