Bath Clean Air Zone

Bath Clean Air Zone

THE BATH CLEAN AIR ZONE - MARCH 2021 IS IT TIME TO CONSIDER AN ELECTRIC CAR
Lower emissions and cheaper repair bills could be a deciding factor.
Residents and business owners in Bath would have recently received information regarding the implementation of a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). Making Bath the first city outside London to have a charging emissions zone.
The new toll will be launched on March 15th 2021. At present, it will not include most private vehicles but is it now time for us to do our part? 
While Commerical vehicles can be charged up to £100 per day to enter the CAZ. The question remains whether these emissions restrictions will be enough to allow the city to reach its NO 2 target set in 2021.
But as private vehicle owners, the burdon still sits with us to ensure we are using our vehicles correctly and explore further environmental alternatives to our petrol/diesel cars.

It has been recorded that Britain's motorists are driving fewer miles per year. Plus 2020 has seen drastic changes to our daily habits and motoring needs. Lockdown restrictions meant we were using our vehicles less and relying more on home working and technological alternatives.

However the department of transport reports that the average age of a vehicle in the UK is now 8.2 years old. This provides a few considerations with the cost of maintaining the vehicles with stricter Mot requirements and the poor state of repair of our roads.
Also, environmental factors apply here too. As the older cars stay on our roads for the longer they are becoming more obsolete when compared with the newer more efficient models with lower emissions due to tougher restrictions.
While many households may see the lack of use a reasonable cause to not invest in replacing their older vehicles, there is now a stronger argument that it's potentially a better time to consider the switch to hybrid or full electric alternatives
Not only the reduced maintenance costs of operating these vehicles paired with the more competitive pricing of models starting from £16,000 brand new with government grants. There are strong financial savings that can be achieved in making the swap.
A fully electric vehicle can cost on average £500 per year to operate covering 10,000 miles per annum. Compared to a combustion-powered car averaging £1300 per year. When taking in all potential costs could save motorists approximately £120 per month. Not including any company car tax benefits available.
So while private users in Bath are not being included in the CAZ, if the targets are not met by the changes 2021. The focus will undoubtedly change to the private user visiting the zone. Therefore now would be a good time to make the change while incentives are there to assist your purchase.
If you want to learn more about our electric vehicle ranges you can visit the dedicated web page on https://www.monmotors.com/hybrid-electric/ Mon Motors currently we have a huge selection of hybrid and fully electric options across the five brands we represent from VW Up to the high-end Audi e-tron.
We can offer support for retail and fleet customers and have vehicles available for a test drive at all of our centres following Covid safety measures, covering Bath, Bristol and South East Wales.

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