From Monday 29 November, the Portsmouth Class B Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is now in operation and non-compliant vehicles driven in the city will be subject to charges.
Drivers will need to pay a charge to enter the Portsmouth CAZ if they are driving a bus, coach, taxi, private hire vehicle or a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) which do not meet:
- Euro 6 emissions standards for diesel vehicles
- Euro 4 emissions standards for petrol vehicles
Details of compliance requirements and exemptions can be found on the Clean Air Portsmouth website. Operators of vehicles that are eligible for an exemption are urged to apply as soon as possible.
Check if you will be charged and make a payment in the 'Drive in a clean air zone' page on the GOV.UK website..
Businesses and taxi drivers that operate a non-compliant vehicle within the Portsmouth CAZ can apply for a Clean Air Fund grant.
Elsewhere, Greater Manchester and Bradford have been added to the Government’s vehicle checker; check the ‘Drive in a clean air zone’ page to find out if you will be charged when the zones launch in 2022.
Also, Greater Manchester’s CAZ Financial Support Scheme has launched. The first round of funding will support registered HGV drivers from the smallest businesses, sole traders, and the voluntary sector.
It is hoped that launching the funding in December will give drivers the maximum amount of time to apply before the launch of the CAZ in May. Funding for coaches, minibuses, and vans (LGVs) will launch at the end of January 2022.
Vehicle owners can answer a series of simple questions at cleanairgm.com/prepare to find out whether they will be eligible for funding support.
Further information on Bradford’s CAZ is available at breathe better BRADFORD.
The BVRLA’s Clean Air Zone guidance page includes a timeline for UK charging zones, details for each city and a FAQ section.