Clean Air Zones

To improve air quality, some local authorities are introducing Clean Air Zones. If your vehicle exceeds emission standards, you may have to pay a charge if you drive in a Clean Air Zone.

Cities with Clean Air Zones

Bath has a Class C Clean Air Zone
Birmingham has a Class D Clean Air Zone
Portsmouth has a Class B Clean Air Zone

Future Clean Air Zones

Bradford will start charging in 2022
Greater Manchester will start charging on 30 May 2022
More cities will implement Clean Air Zones in 2022.



Exemptions

There are some national and local exemptions from the change.

You're automatically entitled to a national exemption, and do not have to pay a charge, if you have:

- A vehicle that's ultra low emission
- A disabled passenger tax class vehicle
- A military vehicle
- A historic vehicle
- A vehicle retrofitted with technology accredited by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation (CVRAS)
- Certain types of agricultural vehicles

Types of Clean Air Zones

There are 4 types of Clean Air Zones, Class A to D.

Class Vehicle type
A Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles
B Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles
C Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses
D Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses, cars, the local authority has the option to include motorcycles