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Charging Zones by location

Bath

CAZ C

Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged in Bath’s CAZ, regardless of emissions, but they may be charged in other zones.

Vehicle Daily charges
HGVs £100 
Vans & LGVs £9

 

You can find out everything you need to know about Bath’s CAZ using the link below. This includes local exemptions and a financial assistance scheme to help those regularly affected by charges to upgrade their vehicles.

Bath's Clean Air Zone | Bath and North East Somerset Council (bathnes.gov.uk)

More information can be found on the Bath Breathes website at https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021-overview/overview-scheme

Birmingham

CAZ D from 1st June 2021

Charges apply to all vehicles

Vehicle Daily charge
HGVs £50
Cars & LGVs £8

 

To avoid paying the Clean Air Zone charge you may want to consider upgrading your vehicle.

Visit Welcome to Brum Breathes for more information

Bristol

Recently consulted (December 2020) - Proposing small CAZ D or medium CAZ C

A diesel ban is no longer an option. Bristol would prefer not to introduce a Clean Air Zone. This is largely dependent on retaining some of the clean air improvements seen as a result of Covid-19.

Bristol City Council, in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority, has applied for government funding to extend and strengthen the temporary work already done. Additional proposals to work with the community and close several neighbourhood roads to through traffic have also been put forward.

The long-term ambition is to make these changes permanent as part of the transformation of Bristol’s transport network, with new road layouts that create cleaner air and better bus, walking and cycling journeys, alongside ongoing plans for a mass transit public transport system.

If a CAZ is required this will not be introduced until October 2021 at the earliest

Visit Clean Air for Bristol for more information. 

 

Bradford

Consulted April 2020 – preferred option CAZ C


Initial proposal go live October 2021 but Covid-19 has impacted this timescale.

The proposed Clean Air Zone would cover the city centre, Canal Road corridor, Shipley and Saltaire where pollution is highest. Read more about the proposed area covered.

For more information visit breathe better BRADFORD | Bradford Council

Greater Manchester

As part of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan to ‘tackle nitrogen dioxide exceedances’ Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford have announced proposals for a joint charging clean air zone covering the whole of Greater Manchester.


Recently consulted (December 2020) - Proposing CAZ C to be introduced Spring 2022

Greater Manchester has been directed by government to introduce a Clean Air Zone. It has asked for more than £150m government funding for local businesses to move to cleaner vehicles and avoid paying a daily charge.

Eligible van, heavy goods vehicle, bus, coach, taxi, private hire vehicle or minibus owners in Greater Manchester would be able to apply for financial support. This would be as a lump sum grant or contribution towards vehicle financing. Owners or registered keepers of non-compliant vehicles in Greater Manchester can use this funding to move to cleaner, compliant vehicles and not have to pay a daily charge.

The following daily charges were proposed for non-compliant commercial vehicles during public consultation:

Vehicles Proposed daily charges
Buses, coaches and Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) £60
Taxis and private hire vehicles £7.50
Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) such as vans and minibuses £10 (temporary exemption until 2023)

 

Visit: Clean Air Greater Manchester (cleanairgm.com) for more information. 

Leicester

Leicester City Council has been quoted in the press confirming their desire to implement a CAZ around the city’s inner ring road that charges taxis, buses and coaches but not owners of vans or cars.

Charges would be similar to previous proposals in Birmingham and Leeds, with taxis charged £8 per day and buses £50 per day unless they meet Euro 6 standards.

However; no official information is currently available on the Leicester City Council website about these plans. 

London

On 8 April 2019, the T-charge was replaced by a ULEZ, which operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week within the current congestion charge area. ULEZ charges are £12.50 per day for non-compliant cars, motorcycles and vans and £100 per day for heavier vehicles including lorries. These charges are payable in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge.

The ULEZ will be extended to an area 18-times larger than the original zone by 25 October 2021, encompassing London boroughs up to both the North and South Circular roads. The Mayor also announced intentions to tighten the standards for the most polluting heavy vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October 2020.

Funding: £25m to support low-income Londoners to scrap older cars, along with £23m aimed at microbusinesses and charities to scrap older vans and minibuses. 

Exemptions: residents within the zone to have 100% ULEZ exemption and will continue to receive 90% discount for vehicles that do not meet T-Charge emissions standards until 24th October, after which they will pay the full ULEZ charge; vehicles registered with 'disabled' or 'disabled passenger vehicles' tax classes 100% exempt until 26th October; and London-licenced taxis are 100% exempt due to their 15 year age limit and because all new vehicles must be zero-emission capable.  

Details about the implementation of the ULEZ are available on the Transport for London website.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside

An ongoing legal case has prevented councils from proceeding with discussions with their preferred provider, meaning that work to develop the technical systems for the charging zone had to be put on hold.


The charging zone, which would be a CAZ C and would affect older buses, HGVs, vans and taxis, was planned to be in place from January 2021, is still expected to go ahead but now later in 2021. Discussions are ongoing with government regarding this change in timescales, but other cities with planned clean air zones have also suffered delays. 


The councils are still under a legal obligation to put in place the measures that deliver required improvements, and while government has accepted that there has to be a delay, they have reiterated that the obligation is to deliver the package of measures in the shortest possible time.

For more information visit BREATHE Clean Air (breathe-cleanair.com)

Last consulted in October 2019. 

The final proposals included:

  • Grants for people and businesses affected by a Clean Air Zone charge to help them upgrade their vehicles.
  • A sunset or grace period where some vehicles wouldn’t be charged straight away as well as some exemptions for vehicles that wouldn’t be charged at all.
  • A charging Clean Air Zone focussed on Newcastle city centre, affecting non-compliant buses, coaches, taxis (Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles), heavy goods vehicles and vans, to be enforced from 2021.
  • Changes to the road layout on the Central Motorway to prevent traffic from merging on and off the slip road between the New Bridge Street and Swan House junctions.
  • Lane restrictions on the Tyne Bridge and its approaches, including on the Central Motorway. This will be done as part of measures to improve air quality but councils are also asking government for £40m funding to enable essential maintenance works to be carried out at the same time to minimise the need for further disruption.
  • Changes to the local roads network in Newcastle and Gateshead to reflect the Tyne Bridge changes and ensure public transport can run reliably.
  • New delivery hubs for goods vehicles outside of the charging zone, from where last-mile deliveries can be made by electric vehicle or cargo bike.
  • Ambitious funding bids to the Transforming Cities Fund and Clean Air Fund for investment in public transport, walking and cycling routes.
  • A major communications campaign to ensure people are aware of the measures, including the support that will be offered, and to encourage people to change their travel behaviour, switching to public transport, walking or cycling where it is possible for them to do so

Oxford

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have jointly released new plans for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) to begin operating in the city centre. The plans see the council taking a staggered approach towards its final target of zero transport emissions within the city by 2035.

The ZEZ proposals would initially ban all non-zero emission capable vehicles during specified hours from parking and loading on public highway within an inner zone, while in a larger zone the buses would need to meet Euro 6 standards. At the same time citywide taxi emissions standards would be applied, with those standards gradually rising by 2025. 

The proposals follow 15 months of consultation with local businesses, residents, transport operators and health experts in Oxfordshire.

A final decision on the introduction of the zone is subject to approval by councillors at both City and County councils and if approved the ZEZ would be one of the first of its kind globally. 

More detailed information about the Oxford plans is available on the Council’s website.

Portsmouth

March 2020 government approved proposals for a CAZ B

The zone would cover the South West of the city.

When consulting in 2020 Portsmouth City Council asked whether the zone should be operational 24/7 or for a lesser period of time to enable re-timed deliveries.

Charging was due to start August 2021 but current plans are delayed due to Covid-19.

Portsmouth City Council submitted a final plan to Central government in December 2020. Once approved the council will communicate more information about how work is progressing to launch the zone. 

For more information visit: Charging Clean Air Zone - Travel Portsmouth

Sheffield

The preferred option is a CAZ C.

However; plans are currently under review following Covid-19 impact

This zone forms part of the city’s Clean Air Strategy and longer term ambitions to tackle climate and environmental emergencies.

Previous charging proposal:

Vehicle Proposed daily charge
Coaches, buses and HGVs £50
LGVs and Taxis  £10

 

The council had also asked the Government for around £50 million to help those people whose livelihoods depend on a van or a taxi. This support will be used to upgrade or replace their old, polluting vehicles.

For more informtion visit the Clean Air Sheffield website.