Clean Air Zone

A Clean Air Zone is an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality, in particular by discouraging the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. No vehicle is banned in the zone, but those which do not have clean enough engines will have to pay a daily charge if they travel within the area.

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.

Birmingham will launch a Class D Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021.

If you currently commute into Birmingham CAZ for work or leisure, you could incur a charge £8 per day. Over 5 days a week, this could be £40 per week or £173 per month. For an average full time worker over 12 months cost could be £2,080 per annum.  Therefore it's a great time to consider going Electric with Zero emissions, there is no daily charge.

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

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

Class

Vehicle type

Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles

Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles
 

C

Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses

Buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, vans, minibuses, cars, the local authority has the option to include motorcycles

Each vehicle type has a minimum emission standard. You can find your vehicle’s emission standard in your vehicle logbook or from your vehicle manufacturer.
To avoid being charged in a Clean Air Zone, your vehicle must meet the following minimum standard:

 Vehicle type

 Clean Air Zone minimum standard

 Buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles 

 Euro VI

 Vans, minibuses, taxis, private hire vehicles, cars 

 Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol)

 Motorcycles 

 Euro 3

Local authorities may set a different standard for taxis and private hire vehicles. You should always check if you will need to pay a charge or contact the local authority for more information.

You can check if you’ll need to pay a charge for a vehicle before you drive in a Clean Air Zone. If you’re a business, you can check and pay for multiple vehicles.

Use the online service to check or pay a charge in a Clean Air Zone.

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For more info visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-a-clean-air-zone

Information correct at time of publication. 25.5.21
Lookers Motor Group Limited’s understanding of the requirements at that time. No liability can be accepted for omissions or inaccuracies in the information provided.

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