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CAZ (Clean Air Zones) are areas in the UK where the government have, 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.

Some CAZ will charge drivers if their vehicles do not meet emission standards. In some locations, vehicles failing to meet the minimum standard will be banned. 

Confusingly for drivers, permitted vehicles and charges do vary by area, we will try to keep the information below current but developments change regularly and the COVID-19 virus has delayed implementation in many areas. 

Cities with clean air zones

London

When
London implemented their ULEZ (ultra-low emission zone) in April 2019.

Where
Currently the ULEZ only affects the centre of the city but there are plans to expand this further. 

Cost
£12.50 per day for cars and LCV.

More Info
Transport for London

Birmingham

When
The Birmingham Clean Air Zone was expected to come into force on 1st July 2020 but has been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Where
The Zone will cover all roads inside the A4540 Middleway ring road.

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

More info
Birmingham Council Website

Leeds

When
Leeds council hoped to launch this on 6th January 2020 but this has been delayed due to the vehicle checker system not being delivered on time. A new date for launch has been suggested as 28th September 2020.

Where
A large area within the outer ring road - map

Cost
Cars and vans remain free. Taxi's, HGV and Buses will be charged.

More info
Leeds Council Website

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 - map

Cost
Cars and vans remain free, Taxi's, HGV and Buses will be charged.

More info
Low Emissions Zones Scotland

Bath and North East Somerset

When
Originally scheduled for November 2020, this will now not go live before January 2021 due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Where
Check the council website for more details.

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

More info
Bath Council website

Dundee

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to be introduced by late 2020.

Where
Inside the Dundee inner ring road

Cost
To be decided

More Info
Low Emission Zones Scotland

Edinburgh

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to be introduced by late 2020. Proposals were scheduled to be announced in spring 2020 but at the time of writing (May) these proposals haven't been published.

Where
To be decided

Cost
To be decided

More Info
Low Emission Zones Scotland

Aberdeen

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to be introduced by late 2020. Consultation was scheduled to commence in April 2020, we haven't seen feedback from this so we presume this was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Where
To be decided

Cost
To be decided

More Info
Low Emission Zones Scotland

Bristol

Bristol has announced it will ban all private diesel vehicles from the centre of the city by 2021. A wider clean air zone will be implemented however the extent of the zone and any charges are yet to be decided.

More Info:
Clean Air for Bristol

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.

More Info:
Transport Nottingham  

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.

More Info:
Derby Council Website

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.

More Info:
Southampton Council Website

Greater Manchester

When
Greater Manchester will roll out their Low Emissions Zone in two phases by 2021 initially and then 2023. 

Where
View an interactive map.

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 in 2021.

More Info
Clean Air GM Website

Newcastle

The current proposal is to launch a scheme by 2021 with details of the vehicles affected to be confirmed.

Oxford

A proposal has been submitted for a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the centre of Oxford from 7am to 7pm, There will be a £10 charge for drivers of petrol/diesel vehicles to enter the ZEZ with discounts until 2030 for businesses and residents who live within the zone.

A larger low emission zone has been proposed and consultation for these plans was scheduled to commence in January 2020 with a proposed deployment of December 2020. This has been delayed until summer 2021, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Sheffield

When
Early 2021

Where
The Inner Ring Road itself and all roads inside it.

Cost
Cars will not be charged (except Taxis). LGV's and Taxis will be charged £10 per day, Other vehicles will be charged £50 per day. 

More Info
Sheffield City Council Website

York

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

 

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