New daily charges could see petrol and diesel drivers forced to pay hefty fees

Clean Air Zones are taking over many major cities across the UK.

The areas are to help tackle pollution with other places preparing to launch one in the coming years.

Motorists are constantly reminded to ensure their vehicles are safe to drive in these zones before they rake in the fines.

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Recent research found 74% of Brits are unsure if their cars will incur charges when driving near a Low Emission Zone.

Since the ULEZ in London expanded, Carwow saw a 101% increase in drivers selling their non-compliant used cars.

With a number of zones in place, drivers are being reminded of some key pieces of advice when on the roads.

Don't underestimate the zones

The London Ultra Low Emission Zone will expand again on August 29.

It will impact millions of drivers with the vast majority of the land inside the M25 covered by the ULEZ.

Before driving anywhere in or around London, drivers must double-check whether their car is compliant.

Compliant cars

Petrol cars made since 2006 should be ULEZ-compliant, but you can always check on the GOV.UK website.

A spokesperson for carwow said: "If you want a car with all the mod-cons and aren't tied to the idea of car ownership, leasing can also be a good option.

"The costs are typically lower than other car finance methods, which means you could afford a higher spec car. Deals include road tax for the contract length and a full manufacturer's warranty."

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Some zones are stricter than others

While some will view Clean Air Zones as unfair, only a handful charge a daily fee for private vehicles.

The Glasgow Low Emission Zone will become active on June 1 and will see a ban on non-compliant cars.

Other Scottish cities like Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee have similar schemes launching next year.

Buying a new car

If someone is looking to sell their car, and live near a zone, they might get a better price by selling it further away from home.

A carwow spokesperson added: "Those dealers can come from anywhere in the UK and will bid on your vehicle from all over the UK, collecting it from your home for free if you accept their offer."

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