Driver Support
Making your life easier

Clean Air Zones

Posted on by Matt Drohan

4478993066 0a744052ca z

CAZ (Clean Air Zones) are areas in the UK where the government have, or are planning to, implement a scheme to reduce air pollution. Most commonly these are within city centres where pollution levels are at their highest.

Some CAZs will charge drivers if their vehicles do not meet emission standards with some cities choosing to ban vehicles from entering zones altogether. Most modern vehicles will comply with CAZ emissions standards and typically these cars are  

1. Petrol cars meeting the Euro 4 standard or later

2. Diesel cars that meet harder Euro 6 standard

3. Electric Vehicles

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
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone 

Birmingham

When
The Birmingham Clean Air Zone is expected to come into force on 1st July 2020.
Where
The Zone will cover all roads inside the A4540 Middleway ring road.
Cost
Cars and LGV's that don't meet the CAZ standard will be charged £8 per day to enter the zone.
More info
https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20076/pollution/1763/a_clean_air_zone_for_birmingham

Leeds

When
Leeds council hoped to launch this on 6th January 2020 but this has been delayed. A new date for launch is yet to be confirmed.
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
https://www.leeds.gov.uk/business/environmental-health-for-business/air-quality

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
https://www.lowemissionzones.scot/glasgow-low-emission-zones

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: https://www.transportnottingham.com/no-clean-air-zone-for-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: https://www.derby.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/air-quality-in-derby/tackling-poor-air-quality/preferred-option-announcement/

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: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/environmental-issues/pollution/air-quality/clean-air-zone.aspx 

Bath and North East Somerset

When
late 2020
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
https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/bath-breathes-2021-overview 

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: https://www.cleanairforbristol.org/

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
https://www.lowemissionzones.scot/dundee-low-emission-zones

Edinburgh

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to be introduced by late 2020. Proposals are likely to be announced in Spring 2020.
Where
To be decided
Cost
To be decided
More Info
https://www.lowemissionzones.scot/edinburgh-low-emission-zones

Aberdeen

When
The Scottish Government would like plans to be introduced by late 2020. 
Where
To be decided
Cost
To be decided
More Info
https://www.lowemissionzones.scot/aberdeen-low-emission-zones

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
https://cleanairgm.com

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 cars to enter the ZEZ with discounts until 2030 for businesses and people who live within the zone.

A larger low emission zone has been proposed and consultation for these plans commences in January 2020 with a proposed deployment of December 2020.

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
https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/pollution-nuisance/clean-air-zone 

York

Proposed for 2020 and will affect buses failing to meet minimum emission requirements.

For more details see the BVRLA interactive map bellow.

Ogilvie Fleet is a registered company in Scotland with company number SC067027
Ogilvie House, 200 Glasgow Road, Stirling FK7 8ES
VAT registration number 400 892 864
idacmedia.com logo