Certain vehicles are now being charged to enter Sheffield's city centre with the launch today (Friday, January 27) of its clean air zone (CAZ).
Classed as a Class C zone, charges will apply to non-compliant taxis, light goods vehicles (LGVs), buses and coaches, and HGVs.
Petrol vehicles will need to Euro 4 and diesel vehicles Euro 6 to avoid the £10 daily charge for taxis and vans, and £50 fee for coaches, buses and trucks to enter the zone.
Sheffield City Council has secured £28 million of funding to support local businesses to upgrade to CAZ-compliant vehicles.
Support is available for light goods vehicles (LGV), heavy goods vehicles (HGV), coaches, hackney carriages, private hire vehicles (PHV) and minibuses.
Broker Anglo Scottish Asset Finance has been appointed by the council to deliver the financial assistance scheme to support businesses affected by the introduction of the CAZ.
Financial support will be available in the form of a grant, an interest subsidised loan or a mix of the two, details of the financial support packages are available on the Sheffield City Council Clean Air Zone 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 and North East Somerset, Bristol Council, and Newcastle and Gateshead Councils to develop their financial assistance schemes, and has helped more than 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 thrilled to be working with Sheffield Council to support businesses in becoming clean air compliant.” Said David Foster, MD at Anglo Scottish.
“Having already worked closely with a number of councils around the company to launch their clean air zones, the Anglo Scottish team has tried and tested experience helping businesses achieve clean air compliance.
“Our expertise enables us 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.”
Kate Martin, executive director of City Futures, added: “We want to encourage everyone to check their eligibility online and apply for or the financial support on offer.
“As part of the financial support process, both individuals and businesses can get invaluable guidance and direction from Anglo in applying for grants, seeking the best vehicles to upgrade to or getting advice on part exchange options.”
If the Sheffield CAZ will impact your business, contact Sheffield City Council for an initial eligibility assessment. Once a basic eligibility letter is issued, businesses can use this to apply for financial support with Anglo Scottish Asset Finance.