Clear Air Zones: Oxford ZEZ pilot goes stay


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

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

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

The costs might rise if the scheme is completely applied, nevertheless, to £4 for hybrids emitting lower than 75g/km CO2, £8 for Euro 4 petrol and Euro 6 diesel automobiles, and £20 for pre-Euro 4 petrol and pre-Euro 6 diesel automobiles. There is not going to be any cost for zero emission automobiles, akin to electrical vehicles.

Exemptions might be out there for well being and care employees, college students with monetary hardship who have to enter the zone and Blue Badge holders, whereas residents and companies inside the zone will be capable of apply for a 90 per cent low cost. There may also be a 50 per cent low cost for personal rent automobiles.

Birmingham Clear Air Zone 

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

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

Just like the London ULEZ, the payment is payable on-line, it’s enforced by ANPR (computerized quantity plate recognition cameras), and operates 24 hours per day, one year per yr.

Vans and buses that transport faculty youngsters or present neighborhood companies are exempt, as are automobiles in a incapacity tax class. Non-compliant HGVs must pay a payment of £50.

Bathtub Clear Air Zone 

Bathtub’s Clear Air Zone went stay on 15 March 2021. Personal 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 presents monetary help to eligible corporations that need assist upgrading their car fleets with a view 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.

Town’s mayor introduced that the council is as a substitute 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 type of outright ban on diesel vehicles, had the scheme been applied in 2021 as initially supposed. All diesel vehicles would have been banned from a small space of town centre between 7am and 3pm.

Plans for a Clear Air Zone over a wider space of town have additionally been scrapped. This could solely have affected diesel-powered lorries, vans, buses and taxis, which might have been made to pay a payment. 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 because of coronavirus.

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

Leeds Metropolis Council now says it hopes to assessment 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 a substitute making use of solely to HGVs, buses, coaches and taxis classed as having excessive emissions. Non-compliant automobiles can be topic to a every day cost of between £12.50 and £50 relying on class.

Different Clear Air Zones

The complete 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 applied within the metropolis centre later this yr.

Autos that don’t meet the mandatory standards might be banned from getting into 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 automobiles, akin to HGVs and buses.


Having backpedalled on plans to introduce a Clear Air Zone that might have affected personal vehicles, Bathtub and North East Somerset has applied a scheme that solely impacts industrial automobiles.

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 must pay £9 a day.


Birmingham’s Clear Air Zone is coming into drive 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 opportunity of 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 had been rejected amid claims the scheme would merely penalise house owners of older vehicles. As a substitute, the council set out various measures to deal with NOx, akin to becoming AdBlue programs 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 site visitors administration system. Nonetheless, the council nonetheless has two units of plans on the desk for potential Clear Air Zones.

The primary would use town’s interior ring street 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 town centre.

The second scheme would cowl a a lot bigger space – proper out to Derby’s outer ring street. 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 vary their journey decisions”.


Dundee Metropolis Council is consulting on plans to implement a Low Emission Zone inside the boundary of town’s interior ring street.

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


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

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


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


The Clear Air Zone in Leeds was because of launch on 6 January 2020, however has been delayed indefinitely because of issues over funding on account of the coronavirus. Leeds Metropolis Council has been finishing up a assessment 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 type within the UK when it was launched in 2019. It’s in drive 24 hours a day, seven days per week and at present covers central London’s Congestion Cost zone, though it is going to be expanded on 26 October 2021 to cowl all the 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 prime of the £12.50 every day Congestion Cost. Vehicles constructed earlier than 1979 are exempt, although.

Non-Euro 3 bikes additionally must 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 personal vehicles – simply buses, coaches, HGVs, vans and taxis which are deemed to be high-polluting.


Following months of consultations, native authorities in Newcastle selected a Clear Air Zone to implement. It’s set to come back into drive this yr and received’t have an effect on personal vehicles in the interim.

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The primary stage of Oxford’s zero emission zone goes stay in a small space of town centre from August 2021, earlier than increasing to cowl many of the metropolis in 2022. All inner combustion engined automobiles 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 aspect, excluding town’s worldwide port.


Studying is one other metropolis that has indicated it might 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 interior ring street and metropolis centre. The proposed scheme wouldn’t have an effect on personal vehicles – solely HGVs, buses, vans and taxis that fail to satisfy 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 needs buses that enter its metropolis centre 5 or extra occasions a day to satisfy ULEB (Extremely-Low Emission Bus) requirements, that means they must be Euro 6 diesel, gas-powered or electrical. Metropolis of York Council has additionally mentioned it wish to finish “non-essential” journey by personal vehicles inside the metropolis.

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