Freight operators only have a few days left to give their views on joint air quality proposals being explored by Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside Councils.

Options being considered include a charging clean air zone with a proposed daily fee of £50 for HGVs; a low-emission zone with cross-river tolls; and a ban on goods vehicles using part of the central motorway during peak hours.

A consultation on the proposals, which was launched in February, is due to close on 17 May.

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The councils confirmed that there has already been a “very big response” and stressed the importance of the freight sector giving its views.

A spokesman said: “We’re interested in getting more details about the potential impact of these proposed measures on businesses.

“If you are a freight operator and would like to tell us more about the effect on your business, please get in touch at after you’ve completed the questionnaire.”

Council chiefs previously called on plans for a charging CAZ to be scrapped in favour of the bridge tolling option. They said it could have a negative economic impact on the region, costing £140m over five years.