This is a short guide on where you’ll find Clean Air Zones, how to check if you'll need to pay a charge and create a business account, and what support or exemptions are available. The Clean Air Zones are introduced by local authorities to improve air quality. If your vehicle exceeds emission standards, you may have to pay a charge if you drive in a Clean Air Zone.
+ More cities will implement Clean Air Zones later in 2021 and 2022.
|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|
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)|
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.
You must pay the charge by 11:59pm on the sixth day after driving into the zone. You can pay up to 6 days before you travel. If you do not pay the charge in this time, you may get a penalty charge notice (PCN).If you’re a business with multiple vehicles you can set up an account to check and pay charges for multiple vehicles. You can create an account when you check or pay online.
There are some national and local exemptions from the charge.
You’re automatically entitled to a national exemption, and do not have to pay a charge if you have:
You can get support to reduce your emissions and stop paying Clean Air Zone charges:
Your local authority may provide support to help you upgrade or replace your vehicle:
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