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Clean Air Zones

Low emission vehicle zones are coming to a city near you

CAZ (Clean Air Zones) are areas in the UK where the government have implemented or are planning to implement a scheme to reduce air pollution.

Frequently these are located in city centres where pollution levels are at their highest.

More cities will implement Clean Air Zones later in 2021 and 2022.

Cities with Clean Air Zones

London

When

London implemented their ULEZ (ultra-low emission zone) in April 2019.
The zone will expand on 25th October 2021.

Where

Currently the ULEZ only affects the centre of the city but there are plans to expand this further – View a map

Will my vehicle be charged to enter the London ULEZ Zone?

Cost

£12.50 per day for non-compliant cars and LCV


Birmingham

When

The Birmingham Clean Air Zone is expected to come into force on 1st June 2021.

Where

The Zone will cover all roads inside the A4540 Middleway ring road but not the Middleway itself

Will my vehicle be charged to enter the Birmingham CAZ Zone?

Cost

Cars and LCV’s that don’t meet the CAZ standard will be charged £8 per day to enter the zone


Glasgow

When

A Low Emissions Zone is currently in force that affects buses, this will be extended to all vehicles by 2022

Where

Within the area of the Clyde, the M8 and High Street/Saltmarket – view a map

Cost

Cars and vans remain free, Taxi’s, HGV and Buses will be charged


Bath 

When

Clean Air Zone launched on 15th March 2021

Cost

Cars will be free, charges will apply for vans, taxis, buses and HGV’s

Coming Soon

More cities will implement Clean Air Zones later in 2021 and 2022.

Dundee

When

Current proposals could see a launch between February and May 2022

Where

Inside the Dundee inner ring road

Cost

To be decided


Edinburgh

When

Current proposals could see a launch between February and May 2022

Where

To be decided

Cost

To be decided


Aberdeen

When

Current proposals could see a launch between February and May 2022

Where

To be decided

Cost

To be decided


Bristol

Bristol had announced it would ban all private diesel vehicles from the centre of the city but this has been abandoned.

A wider clean air zone is likely to be implemented for petrol and diesel vehicles.

When

Likely to be introduced in October 2021

Where

View an interactive map

Cost

Petrol/Diesel cars, vans and taxis – £9
Larger vehicles – £100


Southampton

Southampton are introducing a number of measures to reduce the age of buses and taxis in the city. Reducing the age of these vehicles will in turn reduce emissions.

When

To be decided

Where

To be decided

Cost

To be decided


Greater Manchester

When

Greater Manchester will roll out their Low Emissions Zone in two phases from Spring 2022

Cost

There are no plans to charge cars (except Taxis). Vans will be charged £7.50 from 2023, other vehicles may be charged up to £100 commencing at launch


Newcastle

The current proposals to launch a scheme have been delayed until ‘late 2021’ due to the pandemic. 


Oxford

A proposal has been approved for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the centre of Oxford from 7am to 7pm. Zero emission vehicles can enter the zone for free, other vehicles will be charged.

Current plans only cover a small area, more details on the area and charges for non-compliant vehicles can be found here.


Sheffield

As with most local authorities, plans have been delayed due to the pandemic. No firm date has been set for any launch. 


York

A CAZ has been proposed for 2020 and will effect buses failing to meet minimum emission requirements.

Abandoned Plans

Leeds

Plans to introduce a CAZ around Leeds were scrapped in October 2020.

Nottingham

Nottingham has cancelled plans to introduce a CAZ after the government approved council plans to reduce emissions. The council are retro-fit fitting buses with technology to reduce emissions and are reducing the age of the cities taxis.

Derby

Similar to Nottingham, Derby will not introduce a CAZ system after the government approved plans to reduce emissions through traffic management. The council hopes this will reduce emissions to more acceptable levels.