Clear Air Zones: Oxford ZEZ pilot goes stay


Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone has begun its pilot section, the town council has introduced.

The ‘ZEZ Pilot’ covers a comparatively small variety of streets inside Oxford metropolis centre at launch, however will increase to cowl many of the metropolis ought to the trial run be deemed a hit.

Within the ZEZ pilot zone, drivers of inner combustion engined autos getting into between 7am and 7pm, three hundred and sixty five days a yr, might be required to pay a charge. The cost might be £2 per day for hybrids emitting lower than 75g/km CO2, £4 for Euro 4 petrol and Euro 6 diesel autos, and £10 for pre-Euro 4 petrol and pre-Euro 6 diesel autos. Absolutely electrical autos are exempt from costs.

The costs may rise if the scheme is completely carried out, nonetheless, to £4 for hybrids emitting lower than 75g/km CO2, £8 for Euro 4 petrol and Euro 6 diesel autos, and £20 for pre-Euro 4 petrol and pre-Euro 6 diesel autos. There won’t be any cost for zero emission autos, corresponding to electrical vehicles.

Exemptions might be obtainable for well being and care employees, college students with monetary hardship who must enter the zone and Blue Badge holders, whereas residents and companies throughout the zone will be capable to apply for a 90 per cent low cost. There can even be a 50 per cent low cost for personal rent autos.

Birmingham Clear Air Zone 

Birmingham’s Clear Air Zone went stay in June 2021, based mostly on an identical mannequin to the London ULEZ (Extremely-Low Emission Zone).

Anybody driving a pre-Euro 4 petrol or pre-Euro 6 diesel automobile throughout the limits of the A4540 Middleway Ring Street within the UK’s second-largest metropolis might be charged a every day charge of £8.

Just like the London ULEZ, the charge is payable on-line, it’s enforced by ANPR (automated quantity plate recognition cameras), and operates 24 hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days per yr.

Vans and buses that transport college youngsters or present neighborhood providers are exempt, as are autos in a incapacity tax class. Non-compliant HGVs need to pay a charge of £50.

Bathtub Clear Air Zone 

Bathtub’s Clear Air Zone went stay on 15 March 2021. Non-public vehicles are exempt, however non-compliant taxis and vans are charged £9 per day, whereas polluting buses and lorries pay £100.

Bathtub and North East Somerset Council affords monetary assist to eligible corporations that need assist upgrading their car fleets so as to be compliant.

Bristol diesel ban scrapped

Bristol has cancelled plans to ban diesel vehicles from a small space of its metropolis centre and implement a Clear Air Zone.

The town’s mayor introduced that the council is as an alternative hoping to attract up new clear air plans for the world that do not contain charging people or companies.

The deserted plans would have seen Bristol turn into the primary UK metropolis to implement any form of outright ban on diesel vehicles, had the scheme been carried out in 2021 as initially supposed. All diesel vehicles would have been banned from a small space of the town centre between 7am and 3pm.

Plans for a Clear Air Zone over a wider space of the town have additionally been scrapped. This is able to solely have affected diesel-powered lorries, vans, buses and taxis, which might have been made to pay a charge. Taxis and vans would have been charged £9 per day, whereas HGV operators would needed to have paid £100.

Leeds delays Clear Air Zone plans indefinitely

Plans to implement a Clear Air Zone in Leeds have been suspended for the foreseeable future attributable to coronavirus.

The scheme – which was meant to be carried out earlier this yr however has confronted quite a few delays – has been torpedoed by expectations that air high quality enhancements which have occurred in the course of the coronavirus pandemic may consequence within the Authorities withdrawing funding for brand spanking new Clear Air Zones.

Leeds Metropolis Council now says it hopes to overview the standing of the scheme within the Autumn. A digicam community costing £6 million has already been put in within the metropolis to implement the zone.

The Clear Air Zone wasn’t set to have an effect on privately owned vehicles, as an alternative making use of solely to HGVs, buses, coaches and taxis classed as having excessive emissions. Non-compliant autos can be topic to a every day cost of between £12.50 and £50 relying on class.

Different Clear Air Zones

The total checklist of deliberate Clear Air Zones might be discovered right here:


Aberdeen Metropolis Council is taking a look at choices for a Low Emission Zone to be carried out within the metropolis centre later this yr.

Autos that don’t meet the mandatory standards might be banned from getting into the town centre altogether. The proposed minimal requirements are Euro 6 for diesel vehicles, Euro 4 for petrol vehicles and Euro VI (roughly pre-2013) for heavy diesel-engined autos, corresponding to HGVs and buses.


Having backpedalled on plans to introduce a Clear Air Zone that might have affected non-public vehicles, Bathtub and North East Somerset has carried out a scheme that solely impacts industrial autos.

It will see high-polluting buses, coaches and HGVs getting into Bathtub metropolis centre charged £100 a day, whereas non-Euro 6 diesel or non-Euro 4 petrol taxis, minibuses and vans should pay £9 a day.


Birmingham’s Clear Air Zone is coming into power on 1 June 2021, with drivers of vehicles not assembly Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel emissions requirements being charged to enter the world inside the A4540 Middleway Ring Street. The zone might be energetic 24 hours a day, seven days per week.


Brighton and Hove County Council has commissioned a report to have a look at the potential for banning vehicles from its metropolis centre by 2023. The report is because of be revealed in March and can take the wants of the disabled, in addition to taxi drivers and merchants, into consideration.


Cambridge Metropolis Council claims there are 106 deaths in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire yearly associated to poor air high quality. The council is devising plans for a Clear Air Zone, however has revealed no particular particulars but.


Cardiff was planning to implement a Clear Air Zone in its metropolis centre, however the plans have been rejected amid claims the scheme would merely penalise house owners of older vehicles. As an alternative, the council set out a lot of measures to deal with NOx, corresponding to becoming AdBlue methods to buses.

• London ULEZ defined


Derby Metropolis Council’s most well-liked possibility for coping with air air pollution within the metropolis is a brand new visitors administration system. Nevertheless, the council nonetheless has two units of plans on the desk for potential Clear Air Zones.

The primary would use the town’s internal ring highway as its boundary and would cost non-Euro 4 petrol and non-Euro 6 diesel vehicles and vans – in addition to high-polluting HGVs, buses and coaches – for getting into the town centre.

The second scheme would cowl a a lot bigger space – proper out to Derby’s outer ring highway. The council has admitted although that the costs would have an effect on “many individuals who couldn’t afford to buy a brand new car or could also be unable to alter their journey selections”.


Dundee Metropolis Council is consulting on plans to implement a Low Emission Zone throughout the boundary of the town’s internal ring highway.

Petrol vehicles registered earlier than 2006 and diesel vehicles registered earlier than 31 August 2015, in addition to older HGVs and LGVs, can be banned from the zone.


Edinburgh continues to be consulting on its Low Emission Zone, with the council nonetheless deciding whether or not to have restrictions that apply to only the town centre for all autos or to the entire metropolis however just for industrial autos.


Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone got here into impact on 31 December 2018, initially solely making use of to native buses.

The scheme continues to be being phased in, although. On 31 December 2022, all autos getting into the town centre zone might be required to fulfill the related requirements – Euro 4 for petrol vehicles, and Euro 6 for diesel vehicles and any autos with heavy diesel engines.


Kent County Council’s opposition chief has indicated that car tolling or outright automobile bans might be carried out in cities throughout Kent sooner or later. No particular plans have but been revealed.


The Clear Air Zone in Leeds was attributable to launch on 6 January 2020, however has been delayed indefinitely attributable to issues over funding on account of the coronavirus. Leeds Metropolis Council has been finishing up a overview of the forthcoming scheme and says a call is imminent.


London’s Extremely-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was the primary Clear Air Zone of its variety within the UK when it was launched in 2019. It’s in power 24 hours a day, seven days per week and presently covers central London’s Congestion Cost zone, though will probably be expanded on 26 October 2021 to cowl the entire metropolis contained in the North and South Round Roads.

London traffic

Pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles constructed earlier than round 2016 and pre-Euro 4 petrol vehicles constructed earlier than 2006 are affected, having to pay £11.50 on high of the £12.50 every day Congestion Cost. Vehicles constructed earlier than 1979 are exempt, although.

Non-Euro 3 bikes additionally need to pay, whereas non-Euro VI HGVs, buses and coaches are charged £100 a day.


Manchester’s proposed Clear Air Zone will begin being phased on this yr, however it’s one other scheme that wouldn’t have an effect on non-public vehicles – simply buses, coaches, HGVs, vans and taxis which might be deemed to be high-polluting.


Following months of consultations, native authorities in Newcastle selected a Clear Air Zone to implement. It’s set to return into power this yr and gained’t have an effect on non-public vehicles in the interim.

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The primary stage of Oxford’s zero emission zone goes stay in a small space of the town centre from August 2021, earlier than increasing to cowl many of the metropolis in 2022. All inner combustion engined autos will face costs of as much as £10 a day – relying on CO2 emissions – rising to as a lot as £20 in 2025.


Portsmouth had plans for a Clear Air Zone masking the entire of Portsea Island, however scaled the scheme again to only the western facet, excluding the town’s worldwide port.


Studying is one other metropolis that has indicated it may implement a Clear Air Zone sooner or later, however has not launched any actual particulars.


Sheffield Metropolis Council has beforehand mentioned plans to introduce a Clear Air Zone inside its internal ring highway and metropolis centre. The proposed scheme wouldn’t have an effect on non-public vehicles – solely HGVs, buses, vans and taxis that fail to fulfill emissions requirements. Non-compliant vans and taxis might be charged £10 a day, whereas HGV and bus operators might be charged £50.


Slough’s plans for a possible Clear Air Zone are nonetheless being labored up, with particular particulars as but unknown.


York desires buses that enter its metropolis centre 5 or extra instances a day to fulfill ULEB (Extremely-Low Emission Bus) requirements, which means they need to be Euro 6 diesel, gas-powered or electrical. Metropolis of York Council has additionally mentioned it wish to finish “non-essential” journey by non-public vehicles throughout the metropolis.

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