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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

Bath 

When
Came into force on 15th March 2021.
Where
Check the council website for more details.
Cost
Cars will be free, charges will apply for vans, taxis, buses and HGV's
Will my vehicle be charged to enter the Bath CAZ Zone?
More info
Bath Council website

Coming Soon

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. 
Cost
Cars and LCV's that don't meet the CAZ standard will be charged £8 per day to enter the zone.
Will my vehicle be charged to enter the Birmingham CAZ Zone?
More info
Birmingham 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

Bristol

Bristol had announced it would ban all private diesel vehicles from the centre of the city, then abandoned this. In February 2021 Bristol announced plans to charge some vehicles using the ring road. 

When
Late 2021, possibly October. 
Where
View more here
Cost
Some cars, vans - £9 per day. It is estimated that 71% of cars and vans will not be charged. 
Larger vehicles such as lorries and coaches - £100 per day. 
More Info
Clean Air for Bristol

Under Consideration

Dundee

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to have been introduced by late 2020 but this has been delayed by the pandemic.
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 have been introduced by late 2020 but this has been delayed by the pandemic.
Where
To be decided
Cost
To be decided
More Info
Low Emission Zones Scotland

Aberdeen

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to have been introduced by late 2020 but this has been delayed by the pandemic. 
Where
To be decided
Cost
To be decided
More Info
Low Emission Zones Scotland

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 from Spring 2022. 
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 at launch.
More Info
Clean Air GM Website

Newcastle

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

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 due to the pandemic with no firm date for launch. 

Sheffield

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

More Info - Sheffield City Council Website

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.
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

 

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