Clean Air Zone update

The Government's long-awaited online Clean Air Zone vehicle tracker is live. The tracker has been created so businesses and individuals can check if they will be charged to drive in a Clean Air Zone. Both businesses and individuals can make informed decision on whether they need to pay or make alternative arrangements in advance of the first Clean Air Zones going live later this year.

Clean Air Zones coming soon
The first Clean Air Zones outside London will be launched in Birmingham and Leeds from summer 2020. More cities will implement clean air zones in 2021 and 2022.

City  Type of Clean Air Zone Date
Birmingham D Summer 2020
Leeds B Summer 2020
London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – to be expanded to North and South Circular roads October 2021

Class B and D explained

  • A Class B Clean Air Zone in Leeds will affect some older, polluting buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and HGVs; and
  • A Class D Clean Air Zone in Birmingham, in addition, will apply to vans and private cars as well.

More local authorities including Bath and Sheffield are bringing in Clean Air Zones in 2020 and 2021 and will be added to the vehicle checker.

Types of Clean Air Zones 

While the format of Clean Air Zones Zones can vary from place to place, the basic principle is that they charge the most polluting vehicles for using the road.

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

Reducing emissions
Although air pollution has improved significantly in recent decades, the Government is committed to reducing NO2 concentrations around roads in the shortest possible time. The BPA is a key government stakeholder in disseminating information on Clean Air Zones so you will be hearing lots more from us, on them and how to reduce emissions over the coming months.

Support to reduce emissions
There is advice, and support to avoid paying clean air zone charges:

  • the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has a range of grants to help you choose cleaner vehicles
  • the Go Ultra Low Campaign has information about electric vehicles, including grants you can apply for
  • the Clean Air Fund provides support to individuals and businesses, for example local travel discounts, cycling to work schemes or vehicle upgrades – you can access it through your local authority