England’s fourth Clean Air Zone launches in Bradford
The fourth Clean Air Zone in England launched in the city centre of Bradford today, operated by Bradford Metropolitan District Council (Bradford Council).
The Bradford scheme joins other Clean Air Zones (CAZs) launched since the start of 2021 in Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth, as well as a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in Oxford. CAZs and ZEZs are designed to improve air quality within a defined geographic area of a city centre, where local authorities charge certain vehicles with an emissions category not meeting a specified standard (usually Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol, or zero emissions in the case of ZEZs).
November 2022 is set to bring a further CAZ in Bristol, followed by Greater Manchester, Newcastle / Gateshead and Sheffield in 2023.
Launches to CAZs have been delayed in 2022 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain issues impacting the availability of cleaner vehicles for upgrades.
What vehicles will be affected in the Bradford CAZ?
Charges apply to buses, coaches and HGVs, as well as taxis, vans, minibuses and light goods vehicles not meeting the specified emissions category for the zone, though a number of exemptions and discounts apply.
Signage on roads in and around the Bradford CAZ, showing a white cloud symbol within a green circle, indicate the boundary of the zone. A letter ‘C’ is included on the symbol (see below) denoting the types of vehicle that will be charged.
How do I find out if my vehicle is liable and pay?
Motorists can check if their vehicle’s emissions mean they will face a charge for being used in the Bradford CAZ at a central GOV.UK Drive in a Clean Air Zone online service. Charges for using a vehicle in the CAZ are also paid to the GOV.UK service, not to Bradford Council, either:
- up to six days in advance of, or
- no later than six days after (by 11.59pm on the sixth day) using a vehicle in a zone.
A central telephone helpdesk and payments line is also available on 0300 029 8888 (Mon–Fri, 8am to 4.30pm).
When do charges apply and what happens if I don’t pay?
The charges for the Bradford CAZ apply daily, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from midnight to midnight. So, a vehicle entering the zone at 11pm and leaving at 1am the next morning would need to pay two daily charges.
Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) of £120 will be issued for each day a non-compliant vehicle is used in a CAZ and payment is not made on time.
Motorists who disagree with a PCN have the right to make representations to the local authority that issued the penalty. If those representations are unsuccessful, an appeal can be submitted to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.
PATROL provides a current overview of local authority Clean Air Zone plans, detailing expected launch dates and charges, which is updated periodically.
Any questions regarding a particular CAZ should be directed to the specific local authority, rather than PATROL, or by accessing the Government’s Drive in a Clean Air Zone service.